There are many reasons you might want to have a go at turkey breeding at home.
Maybe you love them as pets. Maybe you want to eat them for all of your holiday dinners. Maybe you want to sell them so that other people can enjoy them for their holiday dinner.
Either way, you will want to make sure that you are learning as much as you can about turkey breeding in order to make sure that you are getting your desired results.
The first thing that you will want to do is to determine exactly what breed of turkeys you would like to raise. Yes, there is more than one breed. This is something a lot of people tend to be shocked to hear.
Many people decide to go with the Heritage Turkeys, even though they are slow growing. If you want a lot of meat as quickly as possible, then you will want to go for the Broad Breasted Bronze or the Large White. This is because their system has been genetically altered in order to produce the quality of meat that people want in a generally fast fashion.
Buy your first few mating pairs in the spring. Buy them young as they are inexpensive and easy enough to care for.
You must make sure that you have an appropriate brooding area, such as a plastic kid’s pool that is lined at the bottom with about an inch of shavings from wood. Two infrared heat lamps will need to be place above the pool so that the area can reach somewhere between 95 to 100 degrees. Each week, you will go and raise the lamps just enough to reduce the temperature 5 degrees.
You have to make sure that you are keeping large water and food container for the birds in the brooding area. Once the baby turkeys reach the 8 week old mark, they can run the pasture. If you do not have a farm or some large “pasture”, a large fenced in area of your yard will do just fine.
Remember though, the smaller the area you have to work with, the fewer turkeys you will be able to properly raise.
Just be sure to keep plenty of food and water within reach of the turkeys. You are going to need to feed them a lot. For every three pounds of feed your turkey eats, he will gain about one pound of tasty meat.
In no time at all you will have full grown turkeys that you can feed your family or sell to others.
There is simply nothing better tasting then home grown turkey!
If you would like to raise turkeys I would recommend reading the book How To Raise Turkeys. It not only covers which foods to feed your turkeys but it covers a lot of other issues that are important to your turkeys health.