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    Turkeys

    No, not the other drivers on the roads... the type you eat!

    Last January, we bought 18 3-4 month old turkey poults to raise for the freezer... they were so good, we kept a Tom and a hen to breed this year. So I contacted Crozier's in Ashburton and bought two of their broad breasted commercial hens, also 4 months old.

    This year we have bred them. The first batch hatched in October, and so there's 10 outside with the adult turkeys.

    Then we have 20 inside. 2 at 3 weeks, 8 at a week, and another 10 hatch over the past 48 hours.
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    Anyone else raise turkeys for the table?

    Looking at the growth rates of the older poults, the poults from the heritage bronze Tom over the white commercial hens are growing approx 50% quicker than the Poults from the heritage buff hen.

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    Yup we used to breed turkeys when I was a kid, as chicks they are very vulnerable to the cold and wet, but your set up looks very good. As adults they are tough as all hell. Our ones were free range and they never wandered off the property, their very clever birds and know a good thing with regular food etc. I absolutely would have Turkeys again over chickens, great character birds and fun to watch the males strut their stuff.
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    Yeah I love their natures. So quiet compared to most other poultry. They dress really easily and quickly too when processing them.

    My wife soaks them in a brine for 24 hours prior to cooking, then usually stuffs them. Absolute prime eating right there!

    We keep them inside under heaters till they feather up and the outside temps are stable before letting them out around week 3-4.

    The commercial white hens are too clumsy to sit on eggs, tending to break too many so we incubate them. The buff hen successfully set and hatched the first batch in October and lost very few.
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    Nice @Sako 243

    I'd love to have a bit more land than a 1/4 acre.

    I'd have turkeys and pheasants for sure ........ They both taste delicious.

    How old are the turkeys before you eat them?

    Wonder if I can build a turkey run and keep them in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    Yup we used to breed turkeys when I was a kid, as chicks they are very vulnerable to the cold and wet, but your set up looks very good. As adults they are tough as all hell. Our ones were free range and they never wandered off the property, their very clever birds and know a good thing with regular food etc. I absolutely would have Turkeys again over chickens, great character birds and fun to watch the males strut their stuff.
    You must have come across some really dumb birds if you think Turkeys are clever.
    Although Emus would be dumber than Turkeys.
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    That's a pretty neat hobby

    So many turkeys near here that we just have to go for a walk when no one is around
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