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Turkeys about breeding time

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by CrealCritter, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. Aug 10, 2018
    CrealCritter

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    Up to a bakers dozen now (13). Yesterday I took one of the still wet ones that was alive but was just laying the eyes closed and breathing. When I picked it up it was very weak and still had it's umbilical cord attached it was about 2" long. I laid it under the heat lamp to dry off. Later in the evening it was still laying there, it was a bit more lively but couldn't stand. So I decided to cut it's umbilical cord off as close as I could to it's body with a pair of sizzors. I then gave it some water, food, ACV mix with an eye dropper. This morning I couldn't tell which one it was that I treated, they are all very active. So I guess good ole momma hen (me) did what was right by cutting it's umbilical cord and feeding it with an eye dropper? I'm thinking it may have hatched a little to fast maybe? IDK...

    Bakers dozen :)
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    frustratedearthmother

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    If it worked - it was a good thing. They are really cute little buggers!
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Blackhead ---> https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/viewhtml.php?id=343

    • Capsicum from hot peppers (i.e., Cayenne) has anecdotal success as a natural treatment for Blackhead disease. However, the effectiveness of treating Blackhead with Capsicum has not been verified through documented research.
    I have had sucess by sprinkling dried habenero flakes over both chicken and turkey feed I do this about every three months now. I've even gave a really sick turkey who I thought had black head an eye dropper of seeped habenero and water - it worked. I tried Cayenne pepper first but the turkey got no worse nor better, habenero did the trick and worked well.
     
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  4. Aug 11, 2018
    CrealCritter

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    I'm up to 14 babies now and there are 7 eggs left that a hen is sitting on. I see 2 of the 7 eggs have pipped, so maybe more babbies tomorrow? Even if no more hatch - I'm really thankful for what has hatched.

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    baymule

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    What a nice bunch of chicks! You sure make a good momma turkey! They are cute too.
     
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    Mini Horses

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    Adorable and a great hatch! So, will these all be going to freezer camp? The adults are lovely -- if I were close, I'd snatch a couple of those poults just to look at when grown..
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Freezer? Yes absolutely! I'm going to try and maintain 4 Hens and a Tom for breeding purposes, I currently have 2 Hens and a Tom.

    Some more pictures of the cute little buggers.

    A moth - Yes! It's manna from heaven.
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    That moth sure was tasty. Kinda dry though.
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    What's that flashy light thing?
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    How's my first selfie? Does my egg tooth look ok?
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    baymule

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    I've always heard how hard turkeys are to raise. Looks like you have the "secret" :thumbsup
     
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    sumi

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    I heard the same, but these little ones are doing great! And man, they are cute :love
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    They really aren't that hard, generally. They're not as tough as chicks at first but they aren't difficult. Happy to see so many good looking poults!
     

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