Raising Backyard Turkeys - A DIY
Project For Your Own Sufficiency
refers to the practice of raising poultry or farming for your own
sufficiency. Many families, especially those that have a little space
within their estates have found homesteading as a productive and
rewarding activity. From planting fruits and vegetables to raising
backyard turkeys, any form of homesteading requires a small capital
but results in big savings on the family's food expenses.
Most families begin their homesteading project with planting
easy-to-grow plant foods, and then graduate to raising backyard
turkeys after some time. This is because raising backyard turkeys
requires a lot more commitment and technical knowledge than farming.
As such, it is advisable that you have some level of experience
already before you try it out.
If you are considering raising backyard turkeys, the first thing you
need to find out is whether you have enough space for growing turkey
poults. For starters, we recommend five as a good number, especially
if you are not planning to sell your produce commercially. A five-poult
stock should require just a small space, more so if you are not
planning for them to interbreed. When preparing your turkeys' living
space, you need to remember to have provisions for putting heat lamps.
Turkeys are sensitive to temperature changes and do not like cold
weather one bit. Keeping them healthy requires that they get as much
heat as they need every day.
Let us say you have their living space all set and ready. What do you
need to do next? You need to get a good, healthy stock of poults in
the right number. There are breeders that sell and deliver newly
hatched turkey poults by mail. They may work, but the long travel is
bound to put the poults in a stressful condition. As such, if there is
a local breeder that you can order from, it is recommended to get the
stock that you need from them instead.
Once you get your turkey poults from your preferred breeder, the next
thing you need to think about is feeding them with the right amount of
feeds. This requires some in-depth research, as you need to find out
the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your turkeys need to reach
their full growth potential. But this part becomes easy once you
figure out the right mix.
Raising backyard turkeys is an exciting project for anyone who loves
farming. For your project to be successful, however, you need to make
sure that you have enough time to devote to your turkeys and the right
amount of resources to set it up.
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