What questions should I ask when buying 1 yr tom and hen?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Arielle, May 19, 2011.

  1. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    A local breeder has 2 burbon reds for sale, a tom and hen. WHat should I ask about before buying the birds. It s P. . . .tested flock. ANd the hen is laying. I'm feeling very stupid here. I would like disease free birds, that represent the breed, But I'm such a newbie I could get led down a merry path . . . . Suggestions on what I should know BEFORE I buy???
     
  2. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
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    were in mass are you buying them we bought some little ones from a woman on the mass rhode island boorder.if you say the town i will know it if it is the same woman she was selling her breeding pair she was great very nice hens were a little beat up from breeding but it is one of the nicest houses/farms i have seen.we have had 4 of her birds here for a week or better an doing great very healty.she also has blue slates good luck the tom was real nice size bird if you put him in a pen alone with his girls he would look great.
     
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    What questions should I ask specifically?

    If I get these birds I will definitely follow the advice of "It's better to ask forgiveness than permission." DH is not ready for long term turkeys. WOnder what I need to do to make it ok . . . .
     
  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
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    Ask how she is laying and if he attacks. Make sure they look in good shape and don't limp. Does it really matter, you know you will get em anyway! [​IMG]
     
  5. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    [​IMG] You are right on. Trying to reel in the emotions.

    I received a PM that put the breeder in a good light! Just not the breed I preferred; it's my second choice. Have an email in to a Narri breeder in VT or NH, cant remember. Waiting for a reply. Anxiously.[​IMG]
     
  6. 49erjohns

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    Ask if they have been housed with chickens. good luck JOHN
     
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Good question. From my digging, Massacusetts doesn't have a problem with blackhead, so chickens and turkeys can go together here. I'll ask any way, as maybe some of the stock may have come from another state. Thank you!
     

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