What Do Turkeys Eat
What Do Turkeys Eat?
Ever Wondered Why Turkeys Are So Big and Delicious?
Is turkey a staple Thanksgiving dinner for your family? Ever wondered
why turkeys are so big and delicious when cooked? Is it their food? So
what do turkeys eat?
After reading this article, you will have armed yourself with more
information about what do turkeys eat.
Professional turkey growers usually use different feeders to give
their birds. They have four different feeders as the birds grow from
day-old to market; these are pre-starter, starter, grower and
finisher. Most commercial growers attest that using four different
feeds coupled with good management practices often yield better
Some producers usually make use of a good green pasture to grow their
turkeys. They use the following program for their small flock of
turkeys. During the first eight weeks, they follow the traditional
feeding formula. After eight weeks, the turkeys' diet should provide
at least 20-21% protein. When the birds reach 14 weeks of age, they
can be fed with small grains together with the commercial feeders. The
grains should be made available for the birds and should be kept in a
separate feed hopper. The small grains can be made up of one or more
of these grains: corn, heavy oats, wheat, spelt, barley, or emmer. It
is also recommended to buy feed with 28% protein to ensure healthier
What do turkeys eat aside from the commercially available fowl
pellets? These birds can feed on corn, oats, rye, soybeans and wheat.
Turkeys also eat some fruits and vegetables. If they are given access
to weeds and grasses, they would feed on them, too.
As turkeys grow taller, their necks definitely get longer, it is but
wise to build raised feeders and water containers. You might need to
use rugged feeders and water containers that don't spill easily.
Turkeys become large and strong animals during the last couple of
months of their lives. Remember, feed is a very expensive litter.
What do turkeys eat that makes them grow big?
The turkeys might grow more slowly if they are fed on a complete,
well-balanced commercial feeding program, but the do-it-yourself
feeding programs will definitely produce good turkeys if properly
followed. The turkeys should just have all the necessary items they
need all the time - water, small grains, mash, and good pasture.
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