Turkey questions

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by grasspack, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. grasspack

    grasspack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    Deering NH

    Our family is considering adding a few turkeys..maybe a breeding trio and raise a few for ourselves for the freezer. For all of you that have turkeys, I was wondering if you think I would have better luck raising the turkeys from babies or buying a trio that are full grown? Also, my turkeys will have their own pasture and shed and I plan on locking them up at night. Can any of you send me some pictures of your turkey pens? This pasture has 5 foot high woven wire fencing.

    Thanks so much in advance.

    Oh, also thinking of putting a guard llama in there for them too? Can anyone see any issues with this?

    Appreciate your help.
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    I'd go with the poults. If they imprint on you and know where the food always is, they'll be much more unlikely to roam (5 ft. fence is nothing to any turk but the Broad Breasted adults). Don't know if you are familiar with ALBC, but they have some excellent info on raising turkeys on pasture: http://www.albc-usa.org/downloads.html .

    Know nothing about using llamas, sorry.

    Good luck!
  3. grasspack

    grasspack Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    Deering NH

    Thanks for getting back to me...I think poults are probably the way to go. It is tempting to want to get grown birds that are already laying but then I worry about health issues too. I have heard that turkey poults are hard to raise, is that true?

    Thanks again,

  4. FarmerGilland

    FarmerGilland Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    On Top of the Mountain
    What I have experienced with the older turkeys that you buy is that they are very skiddish around you. If you raise them from babies they are easier to train and they won't be so scared of you. As far as the llama....I have not a clue!

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