Young Poultry & Brooding
Common Turkey Breeds
Bourbon Red Turkey
Black Spanish Turkey
Royal Palm Turkey
Blue Slate Turkey
**This is not a complete list of turkey breeds.
Raising a Pet Turkey
- Turkeys are beautiful birds that can produce eggs, but not as frequent as chickens.
- Its best to get two or more turkeys as they need the company.
- Turkeys can be raised to be your pets and have wonderful personalities.
- They will need more space than chickens so keep that in mind when building a coop/run.
- A barn is an ideal place for them to run and fly. Some breeds of turkeys do fly unless their wings are clipped.
Turkey Food & Starter Feed
- If raising turkeys from poults you will need to make sure they receive room temperature water never cold water!
- Turkeys require a higher protein food than chickens. Chick starter is not recommended for raising young turkeys
- You should be able to get medicated turkey starter from your local feed store or online. Use for the first 8 weeks then transition to turkey grower.
- Allowing your poults access to food and water 24/7 is preferred. They can eat when they are hungry.
- As they age they can transition to pellets as main diet.
- Turkeys can also eat weeds, wild nuts, acorns, grass, grapes, kale, berries, and love a little oatmeal on their food.