- 1 How big of a pen do turkeys need?
- 2 What shelter do turkeys need?
- 3 Are turkeys profitable?
- 4 How long does it take for a turkey to grow to full size?
- 5 Are turkeys hard to raise?
- 6 Will free range turkeys fly away?
- 7 Do turkeys return to coop at night?
- 8 Can you let turkeys free range?
- 9 How many square feet does a turkey need?
- 10 Do turkeys need nesting boxes?
- 11 How can I make my turkey grow faster?
- 12 What is the best age to butcher a turkey?
- 13 How do you kill a turkey humanely?
How big of a pen do turkeys need?
You’ll need a minimum of 25 square feet of outdoor space per bird for them to exercise, with predator-proof fencing on all sides, as well as overhead. You’ll also need a small shed for a turkey coop; an 8-by-10-foot structure is big enough to house a few birds.
What shelter do turkeys need?
Turkeys require elevated roosting spots to spend the overnight hours, ideally with a sheltering roof to protect them from the elements. It is possible to build a single roost pen with space for several birds (a five-by-eight-foot roost will house about 20 turkeys) or you can build a set of roosts.
Are turkeys profitable?
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Turkeys can be profitable, but if you are just starting out, I suggest you start with just a couple of turkeys to see if you like raising turkeys before expanding to a profitable flock. There are two main ways to earn money from turkeys: selling meat and selling turkey poults.
How long does it take for a turkey to grow to full size?
The usual lifespan for a turkey is 10 years, and pure breed turkeys take approximately 4-5 months to grow to full size. The hen turkeys take 16 weeks to mature completely, and average 3.6 kg (8 lb) to 7.2 kg (16 lbs) in weight.
Are turkeys hard to raise?
Turkeys are not that hard to raise, but they differ a bit from chickens in terms of what they need, and raising them from poults (baby turkeys) is more time- and energy-intensive than raising chickens from baby chicks.
Will free range turkeys fly away?
Because turkeys are able to fly, those birds have been confined to the caged yard. We wanted to allow them free range in the fenced-in grassy area. However, because it has an open top, the turkeys would be able to fly away.
Do turkeys return to coop at night?
Turkeys will roost anywhere except where you want them to.
They would go in the coop at night with no problems and roost with the chickens.
Can you let turkeys free range?
There’s no such thing as raising a turkey on pasture only. They won’t get the protein they need to grow out. Therefore, you must continue to give them proper food and water though they’re free–ranging on your property. The free–ranging can give the birds access to natural vitamins and nutrients they need.
How many square feet does a turkey need?
Turkeys will need a larger area to grow than chicks due to their size, and size requirements will increase as the turkey grows. The following is the amount of coop space per turkey that will be needed: 0-8 weeks: 2-2.5 square feet per turkey. 8-16 weeks: 3-4 square feet per turkey.
Do turkeys need nesting boxes?
Nest boxes are an essential feature for laying turkey hens, and can be simply built with just a little time and effort. Turkeys are large birds, but enjoy a cozy nest, so 8 inches of nesting room is more than enough to make them feel comfortable.
How can I make my turkey grow faster?
Turkeys need a high protein diet when they are young as they grow and gain muscle quickly. To support this growth, feed a complete feed with 30 percent protein, such as Purina® Game Bird + Turkey Startena® until the birds are 8 weeks old.
What is the best age to butcher a turkey?
The best age to butcher a Broad Breasted Turkey is 16-20 weeks, for heritage breed turkeys it’s 24-28 weeks.
How do you kill a turkey humanely?
One way is to hang the turkey upside down, which pacifies the bird and makes it easier to drain its blood; the other method is to straddle the bird, slit its throat (sometimes clean off), and then hold it down as it flaps around. This sounds more like a prelude to Halloween than Thanksgiving or Christmas.