Tukey: The Benefit and Beauty of Adding This Wonderful Bird to Your Homestead Flock.
Turkeys are beautiful birds to behold especially for children and visitors alike. They are good and profitable birds to add to your homestead farm.
You can decide to add turkeys to your flock of birds either for fun, as a pet, or for more additional income. On a small scale base or on a larger production scale.
Which either way you go. Turkey farming is a highly profitable venture that you will never regret by keeping a few flocks at home.
Turkey rearing might not be as popular as broiler or layer farming. In this part of the world, but the profit derived from keeping such exotic large birds cannot be quantified.
Turkey is quite a large meat bird that is very easy to rear because of its hardiness and strong resistance to diseases.
Turkey Birds Are More Vulnerable At a Tender Age
The first few weeks of turkey are very important. They are very fragile and vulnerable to weather conditions, especially cold weather.
They need a lot of tender love and care. By providing adequate warmness, a secured environment from draft air and moisture.
Turkeys need food very rich in protein almost as high as 28%. But shouldn’t be less than 24%. At the
first few weeks of their life. As they grow and progress you can reduce the protein content of their feed.
As they progress in age they become stronger and hardier. More disease resistances and their protein requirement diminish.
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Turkey Have Less Management cost Compared to Broilers and Laying Hens.
Turkeys are excellent forager when left to free-range. Making it less difficult and expensive to feed them.
These will take care of their protein requirements. You can supplements their feeding, by providing a quality grower mash from a reputable and good feed mill. Usually in the morning and evenings.
Provide adequate clean and regular water supply. My experience with turkey over the years has shown that they are a very hardy and dependable fun to be large birds.
The only challenge they have is the brooding period. Which requires a lot of tender care, supervision which of course is not peculiar to only turkey birds alone.
Any farmer that wants good results must be able to sacrifice his time and resources in achieving his desired goal.
If you are lucky must local turkeys hatch their young. But if you have access to a good incubator you can easily hatch your young poults using the fertilized eggs from your flock.
Which in no time with meticulous caring, passion and hard work. You will soon have a large flock of turkey’s birds in your farm property.
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Marketing/Sales of your Turkey
Marketing turkeys could be a daunting task especially in areas where they are less popular. There are a lot of families with children that will love to have turkeys added to their flock or at home.
Turkey meat is among the favorites during festive and holiday periods such as Christmas, New Year and Easter celebration. Slaughtering turkey meat among the populace is a sign of affluence and abundance.
You could market your turkey birds within rich neighborhoods. You can also contact middlemen or take it yourself directly to the farmers market for sale.
The bottom line is, if you rear your turkey very well, to be very attractive, healthy and beautiful. You will always attract buyers that will be willing to buy it at a good and reasonable price.