Turkey questions

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Oklahoma Lightning, May 7, 2009.

  1. Oklahoma Lightning

    Oklahoma Lightning Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Twin Oaks
    I run out of molasses to put in water can I use honey?
    How old do turkeys need to be before putting on ground?
    Three months?
    Can I put poults or chickens chicks on ground with a BROODER AREA with a heat lamp?
    It to wet right now to put anything on the ground, they be in knee high grass or mud.

  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Yes, you can use honey or even just sugar. I have chicks and poults together out a heat light. Not sure how old to put them out, I'll have to figure that one out too.
    Last edited: May 7, 2009
  3. Oklahoma Lightning

    Oklahoma Lightning Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Twin Oaks
    Good, I have honey that was given to me.
    Hope Harp or Steve or anyone that grows them jumps in to help us on when to put them on the grow.
  4. hippie

    hippie In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    N.E. missouri
    what's the honey for? i was thinking about getting some turks this weekend but now i'm not sure that i'm pepared.
  5. The only thing ours get is clean fresh water. If they are shipped we add some vitamins to the water for the first couple days after that back to plain water.

    It depends on the time and year and temp as to when we put them out on the ground, and where they are going. It's warm enough here now 80's during the day 60's at night for them to go out at 2 1/2 to 3 months. But, they are going into a covered grow out pen - even when it's warm poults can get wet and chilled quickly if that happens you will loose some. One rule of thumb is when they are fully feathered out. Even then in a hard summer rain they will pile and smother if they aren't used to being outside. That's why we went to a covered grow out pen - it's roughly 5 months plus before ours are ever turned out with the rest of the flock to range.

    Steve in NC
  6. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    I only give mine sugar water the first day, with both my poults and peachicks, I keep mine on wire untill 3 months then put them on the ground, also worm them after a month on the ground.

    I dont think you need anything in the water after the first day, that just give them time to start eating.
  7. Oklahoma Lightning

    Oklahoma Lightning Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Twin Oaks
    It for engery during that first week and I used it for the turkeys and chicks and they did wonderful.
    Harp really been helpful and I will PM you what he sent me. But it be this evening.
    I am picking up a pair of grown Chocolate this weekend. And I got some Black Spanish poults coming now to find some sweetgrass ,calico and one other that my husband wants.
    Heat !00 frist week,95 the second and so on
    No draft
    Warm water in waters
    Teach them where the water and feed is. I used bright color marbles in water.
    High protein feed
    Room for them to grow.
    Listen to them because they will tell you of something wrong fast.

  8. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    McCleary, WA
    I never used honey before but I'm sure it would work.

    We keep ours on wire till they are 8-10 weeks old, after they are around 6-8 weeks we move them outside to a 3 sided covered wire floor pen that way they can get use to the weather

    You can raise the poults on a floor system but need to make sure that the floor is kept pretty clean compared to the way chicks can get.
    here it is easier to keep them off the floor as it is wet here and we ared still in the 50's for the days and 40's for the nights, we rarely get to 80 day times and when we do it is only for a week or two. most of the time it is 60-70 day and 40-50 at night. with alot of rain

    How are your poults doing ??
  9. Oklahoma Lightning

    Oklahoma Lightning Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Twin Oaks
    Harp they growing fast
    Three different kinds, only lost one of the 8 and that was before the water went down and I could go get them. I am happy with them.
  10. AhBee01

    AhBee01 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    yo. ohio
    I heard honey is not good for them because of the botulism spores, just like infants shouldn't get honey!

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