Essential Tips On Keeping Turkeys Happy And Healthy
or keeping turkeys does not really entail a lot of work, but there
are certain things you need to monitor closely. First of all, you
need to make sure that the batch of eggs or chicks you acquire are
healthy and disease free. Buying from reputable sellers will most
likely take care of this problem, but you still need to monitor the
incubation of the eggs carefully and the health of the chicks until
it reaches its 4th week.
Hatchlings are a bit difficult to feed, so you might want to
regulate their solid food to the ones that are easily digested.
Soybean meals and ground corn are always good, but try to ask your
local vet for their recommendation of vitamin and mineral
supplements too. Water is essential for all hatchlings when keeping
turkeys. Make sure that their drinking dish or apparatus can easily
be accessed to by the hatchlings, is changed more than 3 to 5 times
a day and is not deep enough for any of the chicks to fall in, or
heavy enough to crush a hatchling by accident.
Heat is also important when it comes to keeping turkeys because the
birds tend to feel cold even during balmy weather. Heat from lights
might be a good idea if you are rearing only a handful of birds, but
heated air from vents is a better option, especially if your pet
turkeys are 2 months (or older) or number more than 10.
Debeaking is usually an option reserved for commercial turkey
farming. This lessens the possibility of the birds attacking one
another and inflicting severe damage. However, for smaller farms,
debeaking can be dispensed with by simply allowing the turkeys to
have larger living spaces and more time to roam about outdoors.
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