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Turkeys about breeding time

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

  1. Sep 19, 2018
    CrealCritter

    CrealCritter Super Self-Sufficient

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    I have 6 left from 13 that survived the hatch, that's more than 50% loss. It's pretty disheartening, they are so fragile when they are young. Chickens are way easier!
     
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    Geesh. :(
    Can't imagine how commercial farms handle this. Imagine thousands of poults to start...……:ep Of course, they use full shelters situations but, still.
     
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    sumi

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    Oh man, sorry to hear about the losses. They sound very difficult to raise. I hope the remainder will hang on and grow up for you!
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I believe almost all commercially raised turkey is broadbreasted. I've raised broadbreasted before they are about like raising chickens but a lot larger. As a matter of fact I brood them with chicken chicks and they lived in the same yard and coop as the chickens also.

    Google image of commercial turkey farm.
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    CrealCritter

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    5 weeks old now and I do believe I have 5 Tom's and one hen. Boy this should be interesting when they get a little older... I sure hope my other two hens take to the new hen because it would be bad for her come later winter in with 5 Tom's. They are so skittish, when they see or hear me they freeze and become motionless.

    The 5th one from the left is a lot smaller than the other five and she tested to be a hen a few weeks ago.
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    CrealCritter

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    Just snapped a pic of a family of wild turkeys in my backyard right before the first creek. And here I am struggling to raise burbon red turkeys :rolleyes:.

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    GUN!!! Bring the gun DW!!!! :lol:

    I see so many wild ones here, groups of 25-30 not unusual. And deer. Wow, 10-20 at a time. Yep. We have a lot of corn, p-nuts & soybean grown here, so plenty to eat.

    Hey, you're from NC -- same thing there.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    They sure do grow in a hurry. I have to smaller ones I checked the all today. 4 Tom's and 2 Hens. To bad the weather is going to turn into fall. I got volenteer tomatoes growing in their yard.

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    baymule

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    the losses suck, you sure trying hard for those ungrateful dumb birds. I know that you are going to enjoy every bite, come Thanksgiving. If anybody ever worked hard for their dinner, you sure have.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Yep :( it was cold and rainy last night. It' been raining on and off since last Friday. I guess one of the hens decided it was going to stay out in the rain instead of in the coop with the other turkeys under the heat lamp. Best I can tell it got cold and drown??? Really disheartening... I told my wife I lost another one last night. She replied "Are you kidding me?". Anyways, down to 5 now, 4 Tom's and 1 hen.

    This is what I found this morning. I'm trying hard not to take this personally but then again it's hard not too either.
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    Here are the remaining 5, this afternoon eating earth worms, happy as can be (singing even) after the rain stopped in the partical sun.
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    I obviously suck really bad at raising turkeys and it's making me quite sad.
     

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