I've asked one of our turkeys to write down his tips and thoughts on brooding for any future turkey farmers. Here goes:
"Hi, I'm turkey #57. Here is my list of tips -
Always keep in mind that we will kill ourselves if given half a chance. Look in you brooder and get in the mind of your turkeys, say to yourself 'I'm a suicidal turkey - what can I kill myself on in here?' and then go over every inch of your brooder and remove any questionable situation - nail, spot we can get our legs caught, etc.
If there is an area with a drip we will get soaked there even if the rest of your brooder is dry and toasty.
Remember - we are NOT CHICKENS - we NEED fresh bedding every day, pine shavings for 2 weeks, hay for 6.
We LOVE grass and weeds, start feeding this to us ASAP.
You would be bored too if you spent 8 weeks in a brooder so keep us busy with green material, piles of straw, and other novelties or else we'll start pecking each other.
If one of us gets a wound we will all turn into Hannibal Lector and peck him to death - so please check us frequently and pull anyone out before its too late!
If you try to use sides - like this - we will escape.
Better to use an open floor plan so there is no way out.
Feel free to contact me with any further questions."
Thanks Turkey #57! Appreciate you taking the time.
Up next - (once we've got it down) tips and thoughts on pasturing turkeys)
1 year ago