We have officially reached the 15 month mark here on our little farm!
Speaking of “little farm,” if you’ve ever had animals, you’ll be familiar with disappointment
I regret to say, 2 or our 3 turkey poults passed away
One was lost to what I believe to be a sly weasel (As it was the only sized predator that could have gotten past the small wire) The other passed away unexpectedly We did all we could, and it passed peacefully in the comfort of our home
This speaks to the fragility of turkey poults Sometimes, no matter what you do or how well
Our sweet turkey poults are officially 1 month old!
They have grown quickly, and are now living outside in our chicken tractor I knew it was time for them to graduate to a bigger enclosure when they started escaping! They first started roosting on the edge of the brooder box, then flying all the way out, exploring the garden shed!
Luckily we have a multipurpose pen that works for young chickens, baby goats, and also, baby turkeys! Our chicken tractor is not actually a tractor, but a simple coop on wheels It is lightweight enough to pull onto new grass daily,
Two weeks ago, my daughter and I had a very exciting day!
Our little turkey poults arrived on a Wednesday to our local post office here in Alabama The poults traveled all the way from Hoover’s Hatchery in Iowa!
Being prepared for the arrival of your poults takes all the stress out of the day Being shipped across the country can take a toll on their little bodies Have your brooder set up, with clean shavings, a red heat lamp, fresh water, and good quality feed Your little poults will appreciate this and quickly settle into their new home
One of the
We really enjoy raising turkeys on our little homestead We’ve had our turkey, Tarzan, for six years now and he delights everyone who comes to see us with his strutting and gobbling! While we primarily raise turkeys for pets, we have accidentally raised turkeys for meat as well
We accidentally raised turkeys for meat because we got the wrong type of turkey without realizing it If you want to raise turkeys for meat or for pets – here are a few things to consider
Raising Turkey for Pets
If you want to raise turkeys for pets, make sure you get a
Raising turkeys is not that different from raising chickens The meat that home-raised turkeys produce is flavorful and bountiful Turkeys are also more social than chickens and makes raising them a fun and rewarding experience If you currently raise chickens, you probably have most of the equipment that you would need to raise turkeys
Baby turkeys are called poults You can purchase day-old poults just like you can chicks You’ll need to set up a brooder for them similar to how you would for chicks Poults can be a little bit more adventurous and may jump over short