They will be happiest if you keep their brooder temperature at 95-100 degrees for the first week, then lower the temperature by about 5 degrees per week until they are fully feathered, approximately 6-8 weeks old. They will still appreciate a heat lamp at night for a few weeks after this period if the nights are cool.
When can turkey poults go outside?
Move Them Outside By three weeks, they can have access to an enclosed “sun porch” on nice days but keep them inside on rainy or cold days. Make sure they are fully feathered and at least eight weeks old before moving poults to their new outdoor housing.
What is the best thing to feed turkeys?
Foods They Eat They forage frequently and will eat many different things, including: Acorns, hickory nuts, beechnuts or walnuts, either cracked open or swallowed whole. Seeds and grain, including spilled birdseed or corn and wheat in agricultural fields. Berries, wild grapes, crabapples, and other small fruits.
Where do baby turkeys sleep at night?
Although turkeys spend most of their time on the ground during the day, they sleep in trees at night. Turkeys cannot see well in the dark. Sleeping in trees provides protection from predators that roam and can see at night. They fly up to roost at dusk, and fly down at dawn to begin their daily rituals.
How can you tell how old a turkey is?
Slightly curved, pointed spurs between 1 and 1 1/2 inches long indicate a 2- or 3-year-old gobbler. If the spurs are more curved, more than 1 1/2 inches long and sharp at the tips, the bird is at least 4 years old.
Can a rooster fertilize a turkey?
Dark Cornish cockerels and Rhode Island Red cockerels successfully fertilised turkey eggs. When male chickens inseminated female turkeys, both male and female embryos form, but the males are much less viable and usually die in the early stages of development.
Can turkeys eat chicken feed?
Adult turkeys will do fine on a quality 16% protein chicken feed. They do not require that their food be labelled “Turkey Feed”. Some people that raise show quality chickens will feed their chickens “turkey grower feed” when they are getting ready to start collecting eggs for hatching.
Are baby 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.
Can you put baby turkeys with chickens?
The short answer is yes, you can raise turkeys and chickens together. We have for years. We also keep geese, ducks, and guineas with our chickens in the same coop and run. But before you head off to the feed store to buy a variety of poultry, there’s a few more things you should know.
How do you train a turkey chick?
Steps Before you get turkeys, ask yourself if turkeys are right for you. Buy a tom and a hen. Feed and water your birds every day and check frequently to be sure both containers are full. Let mature birds run around outside together. Leave your hens alone when they are laying.
How far do turkeys travel in a day?
Wild turkeys generally move a mile or two in one day depending on habitat and distance to food and water sources. The annual home range of wild turkeys varies from 370 to 1,360 acres and contains a mixture of trees and grass cover.
How do you raise a free range turkey?
Some people like to raise turkeys in free range system where they are free to live and browse outside. You can also raise them in a large fenced pen with a movable roost assembly (like a movable chicken coop). 4 to 6 inches long short grass is the best range for raising turkeys.