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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Jesusfreak101, May 12, 2016.
Start raising turkey for thanksgiving dinner and christmas dinner and what breed is the best?
For this year. I would go broad breasted bronze or white.
For next year or if you want a self sustaining flock look at heritage varieties
It also depends on what kind of turkey you want, and what size bird you want A Heritage poult you start raising RIGHT NOW won't be a 25lb bird on the table, but if you wanted a small 7-10lb bird, you can pull it off. Your broad breasted can top out at 35lb+ for the toms, they're nothing to shake a stick at and they'll eat you out of house and home! I watched my friend raise up a few dozen BB's for fall selling- I watched those birds free range on several acres and still blow through 10 gallons+ feed a day, and I have to wonder if she even managed to break even :s I like my heritage because they thrive on pasture alone most of the year! You can grain em, but you don't 'have' to
Ok well we arent havent fully decided quite yet right now i have 41 birds (six ducks, 35 chickens) those range from a year old all the way down to three-four week old bantams. I have to cull some or sell them we have the room for them but i only have twenty layers and we live a way out of town so hard enough to get of the eggs only 18 lay. Much less when the three month olds start i might have let chicken math get to me. I just need to decide what i am going to do with the extras first.
Oh no! That's the worst kind of decision! C'mon, what's one more turkey
Lmao i was told by my hubby not to go over 40 i already have one extra lol. He ok with getting some turkeys but i want to get four lol hopefully two for this year and two to breed so i dont have to keep buying chicks. We have the room but i cant handle the flys (no window screens)