want a turkey

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chicken potpie 2020, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. chicken potpie 2020

    chicken potpie 2020 In the Brooder

    Dec 13, 2011
    i have been playing around with the idea of gettin a turkey i have 20 hen i really only want one to start out with never had a turkey anyone have tips or pointer

  2. Maybe you could consider getting 2? I am down to one hen right now and she is VERY lonely. She is out with the chickens and ducks but thinks I'm her tom. She is always trying to get in the house and stands at the fence crying for me. I'm looking for a tom locally now to keep her company.

    Good luck with getting turkeys. They are really my favorite birds (please don't tell the chickens or ducks)!
  3. erinszoo

    erinszoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    My two cents for what they're worth -

    Turkeys are a little more delicate than chickens when they are young and have to be kept warmer for longer in the brooder. Until they are about 3 or 4 months old they seem to be more susceptible to disease and just falling over dead.

    My turkeys do have more personality than my chickens it seems and follow us around the yard "helping" out. We love them dearly.

    Other than that I'm not sure that there's much difference between them and chickens. If there is we haven't seen it. They are great bug catchers.
  4. java girl 2

    java girl 2 Songster

    May 17, 2011
    How about bourbon red turkeys? I have some bourbon reds and narragansett turkeys and for me I find that the bourbon reds are the most friendly of the two breeds I have [​IMG] out of 7 red hens 5 will come right up to you and sit down by you so you will pet them and 1 hen named jenny demans, not ask, DEMANS that I pick her up and put her in my lap to pet her [​IMG] [​IMG] where as the narragansett turkeys hens, I had 5 of them, only 1 is friendly. IF YOU LIVED IN N.Y I WOOD BE HAPPY TO SELL YOU SOME [​IMG] [​IMG] I WILL COME BACK LATER AND GIVE YOU TIPS ON THEM [​IMG]

  5. chicken potpie 2020

    chicken potpie 2020 In the Brooder

    Dec 13, 2011
    thank you all very much very helpfull
  6. coldinnh

    coldinnh Songster

    May 13, 2010
    I got 4 poulterers from local feed store in late July and they are just dolls! The three remaining have all started laying and were the BBW. I did sloowly introduce them while poults to the chicken coop (to build their immunity) and they have been incorporated by the flock.
  7. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Songster

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    Love our turkeys! Our Midget Whites are nice and mellow, and get along fine with the chickens and ducks. We only had 5 out of 15 poults survive to adulthood, so I would try to find older birds for your first turkey project. Craigslist has some individuals from time to time, in our area anyway.

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