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Paul and Caroline

  • Joined Apr 2014
Thinking about raising Turkeys for the table .... Advice please
« on: November 18, 2016, 06:41:34 pm »
Hi

We are thinking about raising Turkeys for the table for next Christmas and don't really have much of a clue. We are on a smallholding in Scotland with absolutely no woodland . We have chickens and ducks and I have read quite a bit about the spectre of Blackhead. We would be grateful for any 'do's' and 'dont's' and any good reading material if possible? We were thinking of no more than maybe six birds and sourcing day old chicks as opposed to older poults.....

Many thanks
Voss Electric Fence

Marches Farmer

  • Joined Dec 2012
  • Herefordshire
Re: Thinking about raising Turkeys for the table .... Advice please
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 07:55:44 pm »
Try to get hold of Katie Thear's book, "Starting with Turkeys". Succinct and practical.

Hevxxx99

  • Joined Sep 2012
Re: Thinking about raising Turkeys for the table .... Advice please
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2016, 05:36:20 pm »
I believe the blackhead problem is only a problem when a) other poultry have it first and b) when the birds are in close confinement or intensively raised.  I may be wrong, but for several years I had turkeys, ducks, chickens and geese all together in a field without any problems.

I'd suggest getting poults at at least a week old: that'll weed out the weakest before you invest in them and they'll be just a bit more hardy.  They'll need to be on heat for about further 3 weeks still after that and for a good while beyond that, you need to ensure they don't do anything too daft like standing out in the rain before they are fully feathered.  They really aren't very clever about getting themselves somewhere sheltered, even as adults!

Lack of trees is probably a good thing: it'll save you having to get them down from the branches when they decide to "go natural" and roost in them!

I very much enjoyed my turkeys: good luck! :)

 

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