Will Two Turkeys Be ok or should I get more?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by BrandyMom2AFew, May 8, 2011.

  1. BrandyMom2AFew

    BrandyMom2AFew Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2011
    Willamette Valley
    [​IMG] So the 18th is when Wilco gets in their turkey stock and I want to raise two to cull at around 10lbs and eat for Tday and Xmas. Will they be lonely if I only get 2 or is that an ok number?

    I mean if I need more I can certainly buy more, on a note of more since I will be near chicks too can put some chicks in the brooder with the turkeys or no I should keep them separate?
  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    1 will be fine by itself. If these are BB turkeys then you will be butchering it by the end next month if you want it 10 lbs. If they are heritage birds, a 10 pounder would be very skinny with almost no breast. It takes a BB 4-6 months and a hertiage 8-9 months to get to slaughter weight. If you want a smaller turkey then get one of the smaller breeds like a midget white, BSW or something like that. I don't think you will be happy with the carcus from butchering a turkey at such a young age for your 10lb target weight. As for keeping them with chicks, they really should eat a seperate diet of 28-30% protien for the poults and 20% for the chicks. The chicks can eat the higher protien feed but it cost more and chickns are hogs!

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