what age?

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

  1. FarmerGilland

    FarmerGilland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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