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Date:12/19/2014 2:45:50 PM
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The Homestead Questions about Turkeys
We let the turkeys free-range. The tom roosts on top of the barn at night and the hens on another (lower) roost behind the barn. Turkeys like to roost in high places (protects them from predators at night). We have one small farm dog (a mixed breed) and I have not seen any evidence of predators on our property! Our turkeys are "Bourbon Reds". Dressed out (processed - after one year), the hens weighed between 8 and 10 lbs. The Toms between 13 lbs and up; our largest tom weighed 16 lbs. We use a commercial turkey food, but supplement it with sunflower seeds and cracked corn. Because they free-range, they pick up bugs and worms (and whatever else) also! We do not eat the eggs (we have only had about four so far), but bought an incubator and are trying to hatch those out. So far, nothing. They may not be fertilized, we don't yet know. Friends who bought turkeys from us (processed), thought that they tasted excellent.
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