Why do you guys keep turkeys?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by wings, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. SandyC

    SandyC Songster

    I never thought in a million years that I would be keeping turkeys. All that everyone before me has said is true. Mine are so friendly. They always try to follow me into the house and then act upset when I shut the door. I like keeping heritage breeds too. I currently have only Royal Palms, but plain to add Bourbon Reds in late April.
  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I'm planning to hatch Bourbon Red and Midget White this year. I will report back later how much I love them! LOL
  3. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Out of all the critters we have, I LOVE my turkeys and my sheep the best. My turkeys free range and just kind of chill and do their own thing, unless of course your trying to feed then you're tripping over a whole flock of turkeys that just HAVE to see what you're doing LOL. I have a jake that weighs 25 pounds and still thinks he can fly up and sit on my arm when I open the feed bucket, OK, NOT, he's a little heavy now. They really are just funny birds to have around. Oh and people talk about broody silkies, they've never owned a broody turkey, they will try to hatch acorns, rocks, you name it.
  4. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Can turkeys free range in the same pasture as cows? What kind of shelter do they need?
  5. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    [​IMG]Victor's house with Victor in pic. He's a sweet, great pet. Follows like a dog and look at me like I'm an idiot....
  6. girlsaint

    girlsaint In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I bought 25 day old Giant Whites last year, and raised 23 of them to the fall. They were meant to be on the supper table, and I really have never thought about keeping a turkey until I raised those guys. This year I am getting Ridley Bronze turkeys, and they are not all table-bound.

    I guess they kind of grow on you- the Giant Whites really only have that one purpose though as far as I can tell- they can't breed naturally, so they end up with holiday names....Christmas, Thanksgiving etc
  7. Chickaadee

    Chickaadee In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2009
    Western Ky
    Quote:I just love your Turkeys house lol. Looks like they may be a bit spoiled I have always wanted a big porch like that.

    The guy at the rural king said Turkeys are real hard to raise. I have read alot of post for about 6 months before I joined and have never read that they were hard to raise?

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