what age?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by FarmerGilland, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. FarmerGilland

    FarmerGilland Chirping

    May 29, 2011
    On Top of the Mountain
    I have 2 SB and 2 Narragansett poults. How old do they have to be before you introduce them to grass? They are 16 days old. Plus there is a significant size difference between the 2 standard bronze....any ideas why? [​IMG]

  2. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Songster

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    I usually put mine out at 6 weeks. Of course, then hen that hatched her own eggs had them out at day 1. I hatched some in an incubator and put them out at 5 weeks so all the birds from the brooder would be iontroduced to the grass at the same time.

    If your two standard bronzes are much larger than the narragansetts, I would wonder if they are broad-breasted. Are the legs and feet bigger? My broad-breasteds are 50% larger than the standards at 8 weeks.
  3. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Songster

    Mar 29, 2011
    If you wait until they are 12 to 16 weeks old, you will have less problems with disease and illness. Until that time they do not have a full immune system.

    The size difference could be a difference in sex. It also could be that the little one is not thriving.

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