Turkey treats?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Ochipturkeys, May 26, 2019.

  1. Ochipturkeys

    Ochipturkeys Hatching

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    I have 3 broad breasted whites that are on 20% crumble and 12 weeks old. They like romaine lettuce, watermelon, whole oats and BOSS.

    Any other treats your turkeys like? How much lettuce or greens do you give your turkeys a day?

    Thank you!!!!!
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    With broad breasted turkeys, I would limit high fat, low protein treats like BOSS. If you aren't feeding a quality all flock feed, you are not giving them enough lysine, methionine and niacin which will cause leg issues.
     
  3. Ochipturkeys

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    They are on Purina premium flock raiser crumbles 20% protein for their main feed.

    Are there any low fat treats you can recommend?
     
  4. R2elk

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    When you are feeding a complete feed, adding treats will only serve to diminish the value of the feed they are getting. My recommendation is to provide a quality feed and lots of free range time to supplement the feed.

    I don't give my turkeys any treats but the adults do get a quality 20% protein all flock feed and they get to free range all day.
     
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  5. Ochipturkeys

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    Thank you for the advice. Unfortunately, I’m not able to let them free range. I will keep them on their flock feed and limit their treats.
    Since they don’t free range, any ideas for boredom/entertainment?
     
  6. R2elk

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    If you can take them for walks it will help. Some people give their turkeys access to a ball to play with.

    @memphis provides her heritage turkeys with a wading pool during the heat of summer and also sets up fans they use to cool off. She does take her hens on walks.
     
  7. Ochipturkeys

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    Thank you very much for the ideas!!! I am new at this. My daughter was raising them for 4-H, then decided not to sell them and now they are family pets.
     
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  8. muddy75

    muddy75 Crowing

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    my bb’s liked celery best.....i would give them treats about once or twice weekly. mine were just temporary pets however so there was not the same concern about weight/leg issues. I had 1 break his leg at around 25lbs (4-5 months old) trying to fly across the deck.
     
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  9. Ochipturkeys

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    Thank you for your reply. Did you give them celery whole? And how much? I definitely want to try it since celery seems like a better option.
     
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    i sliced it up for the entire flock....the silkies loved to play keep away as chicks....i would also let the turkeys nibble at the whole stalks from my hands. typically 1 stalk each or so was plenty for them.
     

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