Turkey's as pets and food

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Ryoohkey, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. Ryoohkey

    Ryoohkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking go getting a few turkeys this year for pets and food I've read that broad breast make the best for food but not pets would it be good to get 3 broad breast and a couple of other breeds looks like most people like the blue slake breed. I want at least 2 for pets to keep pesky cats away from my chickens any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank You
     
  2. retlaw

    retlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    buy a bunch of heritage the first year and save a few hand picked ones from the axe as your pets/breeders.
    then next year your pets will give your eggs that you eat right then or wait 9 months and feed the family.
     
  3. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Bourbon red are great dual purpose, they are nice and meat and also make good looking pets. I ordered 10 straight run from Ideal and keep 1 male and 2-3 females . Then next year I sell most of their poults and only keep about 5-10 for meat and replacements as necessary.
     
  4. jdolder18

    jdolder18 New Egg

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    So, I have been wanting to get some turkeys for a while now and I want to house them with my chickens. I have read about the black head disease, is that really true? Do you know if the disease is common in Indiana by any chance? I don't really know what to do about it. We're thinking about raising some for meat and some to breed. Are there any good places online to order them without ordering them is such bulk?

    Sorry for all the questions!
    Thanks!
     
  5. juststruttin

    juststruttin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am wondering the same thing. I have steered clear of turkeys for this reason.
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Bourbon Reds all the way!
     
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Call you county extension and ask. Look in the phone book for the number.

    Make an informed decision-- no right or wrong , just keep them housed separately if you have a problem in the area.
     
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    I will keep mine separate from the chickens. Not taking any chances. I'll build them a hoop coop and sep. run. I never owned turkeys before but did my research on breeds and care. I wanted nice looking meaty birds which let me to the bourbons. The fact that they are named after a Ky county helped too of course.
     
  9. Ryoohkey

    Ryoohkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the input and i looked up a few pic of those bourbon red turkeys and omg they are beautiful
     
  10. chicken pickin

    chicken pickin Overrun With Chickens

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    I LOVE my Bourbons!
     

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