The Ultimate Guide to Raising Turkeys
This article comes from survivalsullivan.com
by Teresa Fikes
In a disaster or a crisis, food will be one of the main things people will look for. Meat contains proteins that are vital to your body’s continued well-being, and while they can be obtained from nuts and similar foods, they are not present in the same quantities and they don’t have the same amino-acid profile as they are in meat.
If you have chosen to raise turkeys then congratulations, you are very bold. Raising turkeys is a lot different from raising chickens since these animals are bigger, stronger and have requirements that are unique to them. That said, raising turkeys is also quite a lot of fun, and it is much more useful than raising chickens, they will help you controlling pests and keeping your pasture green.
There are several things to take into account when raising turkeys and these can be divided into several categories. The most important thing is that you are comfortable with your decision of raising turkeys and are ready to learn everything from the hatching to the processing.
Choosing the Right Variety
This is without a doubt the most important decision when you choose to raise turkeys, mainly because it will determine several factors going forward such as whether or not it can naturally reproduce which is a very important thing to take into account since it will be hard to get artificial methods in a post-SHTF scenario. The type of bird you choose will influence how quickly they grow and even how easy they will be to butcher.
There are two types of turkey breeds: Heritage and Production. This difference is exactly why it is very important to look into breeds beforehand. On paper, both of the Production breeds may seem very interesting; they are the Broad Breasted Whites and the Broad Breasted Bronze. Both types are available from most hatchers in the spring, what makes them so attractive is that they grow very quickly, both in terms of how big they can get and how quickly they mature.
These two breeds can get as big as 40 lbs, which is why they are so popular with commercial turkey farmers. However, there are a few drawbacks to them, the first of which being that they cannot reproduce without assistance due to how big they get; the second drawback is that they cannot fly or walk and they are very much prone to diseases.