Caring for a Pet Turkey
How do you take care of turkeys?
Feed: A game bird or turkey starter with 28% protein is recommended for the first six weeks. Switch to a grower ration at 6 to 8 weeks. Supply more than one feeder in the brooder to allow all poults equal access. Water: When you get your poults home, dip their beaks in water, so they learn how to drink. via
Are turkeys easy to keep?
TURKEYS are magnificent birds that are relatively easy to keep and once you have some around you will become truly smitten. The standard turkeys (original old breeds - as opposed to commercial hybrids) are very hardy birds but like most poultry, will appreciate shelter, away from extreme weather. via
How do you raise turkeys in the backyard?
When raising backyard turkeys, the secret is to keep the turkeys in cages raised off the ground, on sunporches. One of our neighbors customarily raises 6 to 12 turkeys a year right next to the hen house, in a pen about 5 feet wide, 12 feet long and about 2 feet high. via
What is the best thing to feed turkeys?
Adult turkeys will eat as much as fifty percent of their intake from pasture or range grass. Range grass is grass that is four to six inches long. Turkeys like to eat the growing tips of the grass. They will also enjoy any kitchen or garden scraps: lettuce, tomatoes, sweet corn, summer squash, and so on. via
Do turkeys need light at night?
Once your Young turkeys have feathers be sure to keep a light on them at night just in case. This will ensure that they will not get cold, they may not need the light but let them decide. As above always make sure that they have enough room to move away from the heat if it is too much. via
Can turkeys eat chicken layer feed?
Mature Chickens and Turkeys
Feed containing 16% protein is fine for hens and turkeys. Although, if you're raising turkeys for meat you'll probably need a higher protein feed. As for getting along, problems should be few and far between. Especially if they've been introduced to each other from a young age. via
Do turkeys like to be petted?
Turkeys love to be stroked, petted and cuddled. They will remember your face and if they like you, they will come up to you to greet you. Turkeys also love music and will cluck along with the songs. via
Why do turkeys follow you?
Turkeys “may attempt to dominate or attack people they view as subordinates.” This behavior is most common in the fall when young male birds start competing with elders of the flock, according to MassWildlife. If you're cornered by a belligerent bird, it's important to not let the turkey intimidate you. via
Will my pet turkey fly away?
Because turkeys are able to fly, those birds have been confined to the caged yard. However, because it has an open top, the turkeys would be able to fly away. Clipping the wings, a painless procedure, prevents the birds from taking flight. via
Are baby turkeys hard to raise?
Turkeys are not that hard to raise, but they differ a bit from chickens in terms of what they need, and raising them from poults (baby turkeys) is more time- and energy-intensive than raising chickens from baby chicks. via
What is the best bedding for turkeys?
Like all poultry, turkeys require a bedding material that is absorbent, comfortable, and of appropriate size. Wood shavings work best, but other acceptable materials include peanut hulls, corn cobs, and peat moss. via
How long does it take to raise turkeys?
Heritage hens are generally productive for 5-7 years and toms for 3-5 years. Heritage turkeys should have a slower growth rate to develop a strong skeleton before building muscle mass. It usually takes seven months for them to reach their mature weight of 15 to 25 pounds. via
Can turkeys eat bread?
Can turkeys eat bread? Yes, turkeys can eat bread. Bread is good food for turkeys, nutritionally, and it's best to feed bread to turkeys occasionally but there are some toxic effects of feeding the moldy bread. Make sure to not put the moldy bread on turkeys and other poultry birds. via
What can turkeys not eat?
Processed Human Food: Processed foods, especially those that are greasy, salty, or sweet, should be avoided. These foods are not healthy for turkeys. Our junk food is also junk food for them. Too much salt, sugar, or fat can cause health problems. via
Do turkeys eat apples?
The most popular apple in his state, according to Olson, is the honeycrisp. Unfortunately, he adds, it's also the turkeys' favorite. “One wild turkey will fly up to the tree and shake it, and others will come up and eat the fallen apples.” via
Why do my turkeys keep dying?
Turkeys in good physical condition may suddenly die even though there are no preceding clinical sign of illness. One may think of heart failure, but often the cause of this sudden death is related to a haemorrhage in the area of the kidneys. via
How long do turkeys need heat lamps for?
They will be happiest if you keep their brooder temperature at 95-100 degrees for the first week, then lower the temperature by about 5 degrees per week until they are fully feathered, approximately 6-8 weeks old. They will still appreciate a heat lamp at night for a few weeks after this period if the nights are cool. via
How do I keep my turkey warm?
Winter Feed for Turkeys
Corn adds calories and fat to the diet and gives the turkeys something to burn to keep them warm at night. Wheat generates a lot of heat as it is digested, and so is an excellent winter feed. It also contains a fair amount of oil, so it helps keep feathers in good condition. via
What months do turkeys lay eggs?
Egg laying is mainly in March and April with peak hatching occurring in early May. Mating activities for the Rio Grande starts in March and nesting activity is high near the end of April. With the incubation period of 28 days, most poults are present in the last week of May or early June. via
What do farmers feed turkeys?
They are fed a balanced diet of corn and soybean meal mixed with a supplement of vitamins and minerals. On average, it takes 75-80 pounds of feed to raise a 38-pound tom turkey. Feed ingredients account for roughly two-thirds of the cost of raising a turkey. via
What is the best age to butcher a turkey?
What Is The Best Age To Butcher A Turkey?
How do you befriend a turkey?
Can turkeys smell you?
It is often said of turkeys, “If they could smell you, you'd never kill them.” Maybe so, but the senses they do posses are among the keenest in nature, honed by eons of natural selection to ensure survival of the species. Even novice hunters occasionally encounter a “foolish” bird that makes them feel like a hero. via
What are turkeys scared of?
Predator kites flying from tall poles are known to scare off turkeys. Waving your hands in the air or opening an umbrella will startle turkeys into a run. Throwing tennis balls at turkeys can frighten them away. via
Do turkeys recognize humans?
They enjoy the company of other creatures, including humans. Turkeys can recognize each other by their voices, and more than 20 unique vocalizations have been identified in wild turkeys. Turkeys are gentle creatures who enjoy socializing with human companions and protecting other turkeys with whom they've bonded. via
What do turkeys do when they sense danger?
"Hearing allows the bird to detect a threat if its eyes are occupied on finding food. Wild turkeys have an uncanny ability to locate the source of a sound. Field observations suggests turkeys hear lower-frequency and more distant sounds than humans. via
What do turkeys do on windy days?
Turkeys often move to fields in heavy wind because they can see danger more easily there and escape the noise of clattering branches and swishing bushes. Scout to see where they enter and exit, then set up an ambush just back in the woods at those locations. via
Are turkeys destructive?
Wild turkeys may cause damage in urban and suburban areas. Wild turkeys in urban and suburban areas often become acclimated to human activities and in the absence of hunting, lose fear of humans. via
Do turkeys return to coop at night?
Turkeys will roost anywhere except where you want them to.
They would go in the coop at night with no problems and roost with the chickens. via
How many acres do turkeys need?
So allow them to roost, and let them help protect themselves. With any luck, little turkeys grow into big turkeys. Keeping that in mind, it's still easy to underestimate the amount of space you'll need to allocate once the birds arrive on the pasture. A basic rule of thumb is 10 acres for every 200 turkeys. via
Do turkeys need nesting boxes?
Nest boxes are an essential feature for laying turkey hens, and can be simply built with just a little time and effort. Turkeys are large birds, but enjoy a cozy nest, so 8 inches of nesting room is more than enough to make them feel comfortable. via
Can you raise just one turkey?
The short answer is yes, you can raise turkeys and chickens together. We have for years. We also keep geese, ducks, and guineas with our chickens in the same coop and run. via
Where do baby turkeys sleep at night?
During the first few weeks of life, young turkeys sleep on the ground under their mother's wings. via
At what age can turkeys go outside?
Move Them Outside
Make sure they are fully feathered and at least eight weeks old before moving poults to their new outdoor housing. You can give them access to outdoors but still provide the lamp at night for a week or two, and then finally move them to their new, grown-up turkey roosts and pen. via
What kind of shelter do turkeys need?
Turkeys require elevated roosting spots to spend the overnight hours, ideally with a sheltering roof to protect them from the elements. It is possible to build a single roost pen with space for several birds (a five-by-eight-foot roost will house about 20 turkeys) or you can build a set of roosts. via
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Are turkeys loud to raise?
Generally speaking, turkeys are quiet birds to raise and make less noise than chickens. Occasionally a turkey will gobble, which will be just as loud, if not louder, as a rooster crowing. via
How long does it take for a turkey to grow to 20 pounds?
A turkey egg incubates for 28 days and then the chick is placed into a grow-out facility where it grows to slaughter weight. Hens take about 12 to 14 weeks to reach a live weight of 15 to 20 pounds, which will dress out at a 12- to 16-pound whole turkey. via
Why do we not eat turkey eggs?
Why don't we eat turkey eggs? Turkey's take up more space, and don't lay eggs as often. They also have to be raised for quite a bit longer before they begin to lay. This means that housing and feed-related expenses would be considerably higher for turkey eggs compared to eggs from chickens. via