Turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by thomascmrn, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. thomascmrn

    thomascmrn Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I was woundering what is the normal life span of a turkey?
     
  2. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Around here, they usually last until thanksgiving.
     
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  3. CheyenneMae21

    CheyenneMae21 New Egg

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    2 years for a tom and 3 for a hen
     
  4. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    That depends on what variety it is. Broad breasted turkeys were developed to grow fast to provide a east source of meat. They can have limited life spans.

    Heritage turkeys can have lengthy lives. I had a Bourbon Red tom that lived until he was 11 years old and had his life shortened due to a predator deciding to eat him for Thanksgiving. I currently have a Blue Slate hen that is 9 years old and her daughter is 8 years old. I expect both to be around next year.

    I have read of at least one person that had a heritage turkey that lived to be 15. I also had a wild turkey that came to visit for 7 years before she stopped coming back due to unknown reasons but it may well be that she died. Seven years for a wild turkey is a long time with all the things that can shorten their lives.
     

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