The First Hatches of the season will be sold as hatched, groups of 25-34 that were hatched together, they will be pen raised at Bird and Bee Farm until ready to release 2.5 to 3 months old. They have never been released so your home is there home. These hatches can be reserved by calling us. Deposits due after hatched Early May.
If you provide us with a feeder we will make sure they are trained to use it before they leave here. Some people release them right away and others put them in a barn or other enclosure so they can acclimate, the feeder shown above is made in Texas and works well but many others are also available.
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. it is recommended any large openings be covered with chicken wire prior to coming to pick them up.
This Rafter was successfully released and are doing well. The Rancher even planted a food plot for them. This Rancher purchased them to re-populate 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 released in the morning and put up in the evening. This is what we do at Bird and Bee Farm.
Other Rio's are sold at one week old Poults, a minimum purchase is 6. They are unsexed as we can not determine the sex of a Rio until they are old enough to do this. You will find care information below. If you are going to want Poults from our 2021 hatches you should contact us
At the end of the season (Sept - Oct.) we may have an opportunity to purchase older pairs or pairs of Toms.
Our Rafter 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.
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.
Guinea Keets are easier to raise as they require less heat but can be raised right along with Rio Poults. This combo makes the BEST CHEMICAL FREE PEST CONTROL!
For more information about Rio Grade Wild Turkey
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.