Turkeys as Pets?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Shady, May 14, 2010.

  1. Shady

    Shady Songster

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    I've always wanted a turkey... as a pet though.
    Thing is I'm having trouble finding out about them...
    Info?
     
  2. geepy

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    Feb 24, 2009
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    If you want a pet get a heritage breed. Don't get a broad breated because they are only bred for meat and won't live very long. Good luck they are very interesting pets.
     
  3. ivan3

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  4. Shady

    Shady Songster

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    I would want a heritage breed anyways, I find them much prettier.
    I hear they are friendly... is that true?
    Any difference with males and females?
     
  5. geepy

    geepy Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
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    They are all kinda strange. Males are more needy, but they do gobble. Get a pair and they are neat to watch. Mine are not as friendly as chickens, but my hens are good mommas.
     
  6. geepy

    geepy Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
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    I have nargis and eastern wilds. They are both great. Reserch a little and decide what you want.
     
  7. Shady

    Shady Songster

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    And... how do I keep them in the yard? I have gun happy morons as neighbors... and people hunt wild turkeys here.
     
  8. geepy

    geepy Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
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    Mine free range with the chickens. My yard (over an acre) is fenced in. They stay in the yard. I have great neighbors though.
     
  9. OmaBird

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    If I only had one, it would be a Tom. My Toms are alot more friendly and in your face type of birds. They are like little puppy dogs that follow me everywhere. I have had every breed and don't notice any difference as far as one being a better pet. Pick one your the most attacted to. Here is a few of my poults following me.
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  10. ivan3

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    Shady wrote: And... how do I keep them in the yard? I have gun happy morons as neighbors... and people hunt wild turkeys here.

    Six foot fencing/covered run, and a gun of your own.​
     
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