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rearing turkeys.

I am thinking of getting 50 turkeys and rearing them for christmas,these will be day old,but are they hard to rear thruogh the winter while there chicks and will there some that die easely.thanks.

QueensCounty Poultry
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

not hard to rear, altough they can be accident prone when young,by the time the winter sets in they'll be fairly big altough you would need to be getting them now or off heat next month

pat cody
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

i agree with pat, you will need to get them soon, also they dont like drafts so you need a good house for all of them , which breed are you planning on getting? bronze ? big whites?

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I get them in the first week of october every year at 7 weeks old.They kill at 16 to 20 lbs at christmas.

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

hi juno, have no experince wit turkeys, what do you feed to fatten them ??

seamus m
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Hey, have a fue suggestions for you, if you are reasing them in the same area as you had hens before our any kind of fowl disinfect the area as hens carry a parasite at time to time that donít effect hens but kills day old turkeys.

When your bedding them it use sawdust at the bottom then paper shreds then been then there chick pellets ( so I was told) tried it and it worked they peck all the time and they take a bit off feed every time, as I said it worked for me but donít hold me to it.

Last year I fattened 40 fowl was 45 but lost 5, 3 a day old to 6 weeks and 2 after that. You have to nurse the turkeys until there off the heat there not the smartest of the fowl, worse than a baby.

For 40 fowl I used a bag a day i think they when thought 2 and a half 5 gallon hoppers a day when they were past 13 weeks.

Starter crumble is 12.50 per 20 kg
Turkey grower is 9.50 per 20 kg
Turkey finisher is 8.50 per 20 kg

I did all the maths at the end of it and your making profit before you add your time.

Youíll get rid of them handy enough and theyíll finish near 12 pound our more if you want and you get 3 euro a pound over ready if your selling them yourself and 2.20 a pound if your selling them too butchers oven ready and there also hard to pluck because there feathers go a cretin way and if you donít go with it will rip off the breast. Not trying to put you off it was enjoyable to watch but Iím not doing it this year because it takes up your Christmas.

Declan Bourke.
Thursday, July 28th, 2011

i bought 12 bronze turkey eggs of a young lad at a sale in roscommon ten came out, 8 bronze 2 white, they are about a foot tall now. think xmass dinner could be at the end of october!

conor o
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

We had turkey last year for ourselves. They were lovely, alot of work in plicking them so you might need a few hands on deck for that. we have about 9 bronze turkeys at the moment here about 3 weeks. Still very small. Good luck.

Susan Kelly
Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Hello im looking to get into turkeys this year for the Christmas dinner im 16 and thought it would be a good way to make money and I also have an interest in poultry as I kept hens. I have about half an acre of land for them to free range on and a medium sized shed to lock them in at night. Im hoping to get around 12 as I wanted to start small. I need a bit of help I am not to sure which breed is best from what Google tells me, bronze are the best but im not to sure. I would also like to know what time should I get my turkeys and should I get them as day old chicks or maybe two week old poults. Thanks.

David Fitzpatrick
Monday, May 19th, 2014

From what I have seen over the years there is no money to be made out of turkeys I stay well clear if I were you.

Monday, May 19th, 2014

First time round you should get older off heat birds, some get them as day olds and raise them in shed under heat for 6-8 weeks then sell them on.
This would cut out the early losses associated with them. You should also plan to get them late Summer(so your not feeding them fully grown for too long) and get a light for the shed, as the winter days do not allow them enough time to eat they're fill and they will be small.
As someone said above they are paid for by the pound.
Also as mentioned above they are very hard to pluck and if the skin is ripped that will cost you. So good plan to start small.

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Thanks for the advice. I have a good set up for turkrys so I would like to try them out this year anyway and see how it goes. Brian oc so if I was going to get them you think it would be best to get them a few weeks old around August. I have a neighnor that is a retired butcher so he said he would pluck and gut them no bother.

David Fitzpatrick
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

When is the best time to buy poults around 6 weeks old.

David Fitzpatrick
Sunday, May 25th, 2014

We had a turkey here once, bought shortly before Christmas. He survived that season ::) as he was so friendly and used to follow Mr F around as he did the chores. He was called Gilbert. He free ranged with the hens with no problems. Our son eventually dispatched him because he thought we were being woosses not eating him. He was our pet by then :rant: Now we eat goose for the winter solstice, but they are lovely friendly things too........ next year it could be nut roast

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

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