Rio Grande Turkeys are easy to raise. Keep them in a safe coop for a while before releasing them to ensure they get used to your place.
In a short time they will require very little attention and will take care of themselves by hustling for their food.
They will eat your destructive grasshoppers, ticks (including those which carry Lyme Disease) and other insects. They are also great snake deterrents.
They are so colorful, friendly and fun. Every farm needs a flock of Wild Turkeys!
They are sold straight run because they are hard to sex until they are old enough to do this!
We are sold out of Rio Grande Turkey Poults for 2019 but please contact us if you would like to be added to the 2020 waiting list.
Baby Turkeys (turkey poults) are fairly easy to raise if you follow a few simple steps.
Turkey poults love heat. They will be happiest if you keep their brooder temperature at 95-100 degrees for the first week, then lower the temperature by about 5 degrees per week until they are fully feathered, approximately 6 weeks old. They will still appreciate a heat lamp at night for a few weeks after this period if the nights are cool. You can tell if they are comfortable by the way they arrange themselves in the brooder: all clumped under the heat source, they are too cold; all far away from the heat source, they are too hot; spread all over the brooder, they are comfortable. They will also cheep if they are cold or ill, and will be fairly quiet if they are happy. Always make sure they have room to get away from the heat.
Keep them clean and dry, pine shavings or rice hulls make good bedding. Never brood them on slick surfaces like newspaper. Never give a turkey poult cold water – cold water can be deadly to turkey poults. The water should always be lukewarm, and it is a good idea to add occasionally a vitamin and electrolyte supplement to their water. You can also get them eating and drinking well by placing shiny colored marbles in the feed and water to get their attention. Change water daily or when they get dirty.
Talk to a reputable feed store about the best feed for your turkeys and when to change to adult feed options. We feed ours Turkey or Game Bird Starter because it is high in protein and that is what they need to grow up healthy. Once they are fully grown you can change their feed.
Once they are out of the brooder, keep them in their pen for 8-12 weeks, then you can begin to let them range during the day. A high roost or two in their pen will keep them happy.
Turkeys are very personable birds and you can easily teach them to eat out of your hand, come to your call, and they will often follow you around, begging for treats and attention. The more you handle them, the tamer they will become. Contrary to popular belief, turkeys do not drown in the rain, although young birds have been known to become ill and die if they become wet and chilled. They are a very enjoyable birds to have on your farm.
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In Texas a license is required to possess game birds 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.