Raising Day Old Turkeys

There is just something about  raising day old turkeys that I miss, I miss having turkeys in general.

Raising day old turkeys isn't much different than raising chicks. They require a heat lamp in their brooder, feed, water, and of course shavings.

If you are raising turkeys for meat, they are often listed as day old turkeys on sale sheets, then you want to take into account how fast they grow when you plan your brooder.

Turkey poults grow rapidly, and will need a larger brooder after a few weeks – they should never be overcrowded.

Starving poults is a particularly typical issue in turkey. What this means is that some poults will get pushed away from the feeder or hang back, and will starve to death despite the food being available.

By three weeks, they can have access to an enclosed sunny area on nice days but keep them inside on rainy or cold days.

Turkeys will forage. They, like chickens, like treats too. They just really like food when it comes down to it.

They are usually about least eight weeks old before you can permanently move them outside.

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