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Starting turkey poults
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Tom A    Posted 06-01-2002 at 07:34:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Swapping some of our Dominique chicken hatching eggs with a friend for a few of their 4-day-old turkey poults. Turkeys are the first new animal to us that we don't have a book on--any advice or web info you can give us?

I understand they require brooder temperature for a longer period of time than the chicks, and they take different feed...any other differences we should be aware of?

thanks!
Tom


WallSal55    Posted 06-01-2002 at 08:20:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, I remember them climbing. My husband had
a large wire cage/pen completely enclosed while they were small. Once they were bigger (without heatlamp) a wooden pen he made in the lean-to of the crib. Our biggest problem was keeping cats out, and any other animal that may want to prey on them.


DeadCarp    Posted 06-01-2002 at 08:07:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lotsa heat yep. maybe 90 degrees.
Not so bad when they're little but once they reach a month or so, they'll flatly refuse any different-looking feed. You'll have to plan ahead, mix stuff and wean them over when the sack starts getting empty. Scattering marbles in it (or in their waterer) helps urge them to try it. They do like to peck. and climb. and stand in your way. heh heh. Enjoy them when they're young, they grow FAST.


Deb in Loisiana    Posted 06-01-2002 at 08:03:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello Tom! i found imformation on turkeys in " the encyclopedia of COUNTRY LIVING " by: carla emery, this book has every thing you need to know about farm animals, good luck with them, Deb IN Louisiana


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