Tips On Raising Turkeys - Terminologies and Facts You Should Know


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Tips On Raising Turkeys - Terminologies and Facts You Should Know

  1. 1. Tips On Raising Turkeys - Terminologies and Facts You Should Know Click Here To Learn How To Raise Turkeys Correctly from Owners Who Have Raised More Than 250,000 TurkeysIdeally, before you raise turkeys, it is helpful that you know theterminologies and interesting facts about turkeys so that you wouldnt be
  2. 2. thrown off guard when you read any related materials about turkeys.Raising turkeys on a small farm can be fun and profitable because they canbe rotated like any other cash crop on your property. If you have a few acresthat you could rotate pastured turkeys on, this could be a good sidebusiness for the small farmer.Here are some terminologies to broaden your horizon when you raiseturkeys:TomAdult male turkeyHenAdult female turkeyPoultYoung one of turkeySnood or Dew billThe fleshy protuberance near the base of the beckCarunclesThe fleshy protuberance on the head and neck usually pink or red in colorwhich appear from about 5th week of age
  3. 3. DewlapA large flap skin seen immediately below the chinBreadA tuft of hair attached to the skin of the upper chest regionStrutMating behavior of male turkeyShooting the redThe development of caruncles and this is supposed to indicate the mostdifficult time in the life of young turkeyDebeakingPoults should be debeaked to control feather picking and cannibalism.Debeaking can be done at day old or 3-5 weeks of age. Remove the beak atabout one half the distance from nostril to the tip of the beak.DesnoodingRemoval of the snood or dewbill is to prevent the head injuries frompicking and fighting. At the day old the snood can be removed byshumbnail or finger pressure. At 3 weeks of age it can be cut off close to thehead with sharp scissors.Detoeing or toe clipping
  4. 4. Clipping is done at day old by removing the tip of the toe just to the insideof the outer most toe pad including the entire toenail.When most people think of a turkey they think of Thanksgiving dinner.While most who raise turkeys raise them for eating, some keep turkeys as apet. And some do both, keep some as a pet while eating the others. Thereare many different breeds of turkeys, however there are two varieties,domestic and wild. The wild turkey lives and breeds in the wild and someare kept as pets. It can fly and is said to be smarter than the domestic.The domestic turkey are the type eaten on thanksgiving and they cannot fly.The domestic and wild turkeys are physically different. Domestic turkeysare much larger than the wild turkeys. Wild turkeys have brown tippedtails, while the domestic is white. A wild turkey is much faster than thedomestic turkey. The fastest wild turkey can run up to 35 mph, while a fullgrown domestic turkeys pace is a slow walk (females are a little fasterbecause they weigh less than the male). Wild Turkeys have better eyesightand hearing than domestic turkeys. Only male turkeys gobble, femaleturkeys make a clucking sound but cannot gobble. Only the male turkey canfan his tail feathers, females cannot.The turkeys crop is also called the craw. When turkeys feed they swallowlots of food which is stored in their crop. They then go to a safe place to loafand process the food. Before you raise turkeys too, you need to know thatturkeys dont have teeth, but they grind their food (even hard seeds andnuts like acorns) in their second stomach, the gizzard. This is the muscularstomach below the crop which is the glandular stomach. Look for thegizzard in the giblet bag.All commercial turkeys produced today are the white broad breasted turkeybreed. This breed was first used for commercial turkey production in the
  5. 5. late 1950s. By the late 1960s the majority of the industry used this turkeybreed.The cost of raising a turkey is affected by many factors, including buildings,equipment, labor, feed costs, and interest on loans. Feed costs amount toalmost two thirds of the cost of raising a turkey. Geographic location,degree of automation, and size of the farm all contribute to differences inthe costs of raising turkeys. Click Here To Learn How To Raise Turkeys Correctly from Owners Who Have Raised More Than 250,000 Turkeys