The First Hatches of Rio Grande Turkey each season are sold as hatched in groups of 28-33 that are hatched together. They will be raised in outdoor pens at Bird and Bee Farm until ready to forage at 3 months old. They have never been out so your home is there home. These hatches can be reserved by contacting us. $500 deposit required.
Pick up location one hour from Austin, College Station or Waco Texas.
If you provide us with a feeder we will make sure they are trained to use it before they leave here. Some people let them forage right away and others put them in a barn or other enclosure so they can acclimate. The feeder shown above is made in Texas (All Seasons Feeders - Turkey Feeder) and works well but others are also available from different manufacturers.
Your Rafter of Rio's need to be picked up at Bird and Bee Farm by a pre-determined date. They are easily transported in a cattle or game trailer. Any openings 3" or larger need to be covered with chicken wire or something else prior to coming to pick them up. Livestock Haulers can be used to transport your Rio Grande Turkey.
This Rafter was successfully acclimated and are doing well. The Rancher even planted a food plot for them. This Rancher purchased them to roam and provide chemical free pest control on his farm.
Others want Rio's for their beauty and chemical free pest control around their homestead. They choose to bring them home to a barn where they are let them out in the morning and put up in the evening. This is what we do at Bird and Bee Farm.
Small farms or ranches may purchase 3 month old Poults too, a minimum purchase is 6, they are sold straight run (unsexed). You will find care information below. If you are going to want Rio Grande Wild Turkey Jennies and Jakes you should contact us.
At the end of the season (Sept - Nov.) we may have an opportunity to purchase older pairs or pairs of Jakes.
Our Rafter of Rio Grande Turkeys is one of the last legal breeding Rafters in the country. We let them roam free most of the year so their existence is in Gods Loving Hands. They are here by Gods grace.
One hour from Austin, College Station and Waco Texas
An innovative 2022 Customer has found a solution to help the Rio's get into the trees. A simple playground near feed, water and trees can help alleviate losses during the first few days. Not all customers experience trouble getting their Rios into the trees but this might be good insurance if you put one of these up before they arrive.
Another Customers put 2X4's directly into trees in the area of the feeder and said all the Rio's were off the ground the first night, this could be a vulnerable time!
This customer put up a loafing barn, the Rio's love it and they don't mind sharing.
Rio's are ofter found in the Rafters of abandoned barns, that is why some call a group of Rio's a Rafter.
The goal is for your Rios to be comfortable flying in and out of trees.
Well trimmed trees with no understory makes it easier for them to navigate their large bodies while they are learning to fly long distances. They love to be on the edge of a clearing but no matter how much we plan they ultimately choose their favorite spots, often changing by the season.
We will never tire of seeing them foraging and doing what they do best, eating bigs and critters. We would love to help you see this beautiful site on your Farm or Ranch. Contact me today so we can make a plan. Cindy 512-808-8533
Bird and Bee Farm in Rockdale maintains a large Rafter of 50 Rio Grande Wild Turkeys all year long. When it warms up in the Spring they begin to lay eggs, when it gets too hot they stop. If you have ever wanted Rio's to flourish on your Farm or Ranch, for Chemical Free Pest Control now is the time to reserve yours.
Things to consider when placing your Rio's.
Many of our customers have successfully established Rio's for chemical free pest control on their farms or ranches without clearing and planting but this is good information and may add to your success.
For more information about Rio Grade Wild Turkey
Article from Field and Stream Magazine
In Texas a license is required to possess Rio Grande Turkey in captivity for the purpose of propagation or sale, or for selling game bird eggs. If you intend to sell game birds, sell game bird meat or their eggs you will need a license and they are inexpensive and easy to obtain.