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Baby Turkeys have Hatched

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by crealbilly, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. Jul 21, 2017
    sumi

    sumi Sustainability Master Administrator

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    Of course I read this and thought Yes, turkey meat is a good source of protein :hide
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    Lol! Yes. That also!
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Just checked best I can tell we're up to 7 cute and DELICIOUS baby turkeys :) I see a really nice meat slicer for turkey breasts in my future. Ah oh... Lots of huge pots of turkey soup... Gotta keep my wife busy canning, she loves to can. Of course I'll name a Tom Thanksgiving and another Christmas.

    Latest pictures - some are up and running around. One is still and wet looks like it just hatched.

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    It's so tempting to gather them up and stick them in the brooder. But I'm going hands off and let momma hens be momma hens. I think they know how to tend to their babies better than I ever will.
     
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    sumi

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    Awww! For now we will :love We can :drool when they are bigger! lol
     
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    CrealCritter

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    They sure are cute... I'm just very happy I got my lil turkey protein factory running now. The clutches both hens laid in Jan must have gotten to cold before the hens decided they were going to sit in Feb. So it's took a little over a years and a half - but now i finally know my Tom and hens mate and hatch out babies all naturally, it's very cool!
     
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    I'm with you on letting the mamas raise the babies...they can do it better in all ways. Great hatches!

    I'm also a fan of ACV and used to use it regularly in the poultry water until I switched to fermented feed, when it became redundant. Still use it for the dogs water, though, when I can remember and the chickens drink out of there, so they do still get a shot of ACV.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I drink it also in the winter months to help my body regulate warmth. I used to be cold all winter long (feet and hands were like icicles) until my doctor told me to try a table spoon of Bragg's ACV every day. I mix it up in Chamomile tea every night about an hour or so before bedtime. I sleep well and am no longer cold all the time.
     
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    :yuckyuck
     
  9. Jul 22, 2017
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    Man I miss my birds! Those are gorgeous! Congrats!!
     
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    My son and I put chicken wire around the bottom of the turkey yard fence this morning. No sooner than we were done - Momma's and babies took a stroll under the cow itch to inspect our work.
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    Do you see something wrong in this picture?
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    Exactly... What the heck is that baby buff orpengton chick doing in there?

    Well I found the buff orpengton hen in with the turkeys and put her back in the chicken yard. She had to have been in the turkey yard for a while and laid some eggs in with the turkey clutches. The turkey hens hatched out a chicken. My wife said "Your Adopted". So that makes 6 baby turkeys and one buff orpengton chick.

    I put roosters in with the turkeys and feed them 21% meat bird to fatten them up before the they go into the pot.
     

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