Turkeys On Heat At Five Weeks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jenson2003, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. jenson2003

    jenson2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    quik question, can i have turkeys outside at five weeks as i have a very adoptive broody and i want turkey in time for xmas my chckens were ok outside at 5 weeks so i was wondering if i could have a 5 week old as thats what theyre selling at my local farm

    also can you sex them at five weeks as i dont want a huge carcass or very loud
     
  2. Barrios

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    They should be ok outside in a pen as long as the night time temperature doesn't fall to drastically at night. They don't fair well in the rain so make sure you have a roost with cover to sleep, relax in . Could always put a heat lamp in the pen at night just to be safe. I live in Florida so I put birds out as early as 2 weeks with a lamp at night. Sexing them is difficult at young age and depending on breed can be more difficult to tell. Just a tip until its an adult or at least 6 months old don't have it around the chickens free ranging, it can get sick from the chickens.
     
  3. jenson2003

    jenson2003 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks barrios i live in the uk and its real hot so im gonna try to buy a pair also if you could tell me how to actually butcher them as everyone on this site is so clever!!!!
     
  4. jenson2003

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    aswell can you have just grass fed turkeys or does that affect their growth
     
  5. Barrios

    Barrios Just Hatched

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    Butchering them is quite simple if you have done a chicken its the same process just a little bigger. Boil some water defeater it cut away lol.you will need to feed it other than grass. A good flock grower.
     
  6. aart

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