Turkey Farming -
What You Need To Know To Help You Raise Turkeys Quickly
Turkey is the third most important
fowl next to chicken and duck. They form almost 2% of the total
poultry population. Turkeys are reared for meat only. Turkey meat is
considered the leanest among other domestic bird species. Turkey
farming is common in most western countries. Major Turkey producers
are the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, United
Kingdom, and Netherlands.
Knowledge in turkey farming begins in learning a few terminologies
such as the following:
a. Tom - adult male turkey
b. Hen - adult female turkey
c. Poult - baby turkey
d. Snood or dew bill - it is the fleshy lump near the base of the
e. Caruncles - this the fleshy bump on the head and neck that is
usually colored pink or red, appearing about the 5th week of age
f. Bread - is a bunch of hair that is attached to the skin on the
g. Strut - the mating behavior of a tom
There are a few safety measures to do to avoid some problems when
you are starting to raise turkeys.
1. To prevent feather picking and cannibalism, about half from the
tip of the beak is removed from the poults, usually during the 3rd
or 5th week of age.
2. Removing the snood or dew bill usually prevents head injuries as
a result of picking and fighting. The snood can be removed by finger
pressure at one day old. When the poults reach 3 weeks of age, the
snood can be cut off with a sharp pair of scissors.
3. Clipping is done for a one old turkey by removing the tip of the
A turkey farming topic will not be complete without discussing the
eggs. Turkeys start laying eggs on the 30th week of age. The
production period is about 24 weeks from the point of lay. If turkey
hens are fed properly and are provided with good artificial
lighting, they can lay as much as 60-100 eggs yearly. Most often
than not, about 70% of the eggs will be laid in the afternoon.
Turkey eggs tinted, weighing about 85gms, and they are pointed at
one end and with a noticeably strong shell.
As mentioned earlier, turkey meat is the leanest. It is also rich in
essential amino acids and vitamins like niacin and vitamin B6. It is
also low in cholesterol.
A good housing for turkeys is one important aspect of turkey
farming. Turkeys need to be protected from sun, rain and wind, as
well as predators. They also need to be provided with comfort.
You also can find a lot more information about turkey farming in the
internet. There are detailed discussions on proper housing, feeding
and rearing turkeys, among others.
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