How do you formula feed a turkey?

Turkeys need a high protein diet when they are young as they grow and gain muscle quickly. To support this growth, feed a complete feed with 30 percent protein, such as Purina® Game Bird + Turkey Startena® until the birds are 8 weeks old.

What is the main ingredient in turkey feed?

Turkeys are fed nutritionally balanced diets of mixed grains and oilseeds, which typically include corn, soya, wheat, barley and canola, for healthy growth and development.

What is the best feed for Turkey?

Adult turkeys will eat as much as fifty percent of their intake from pasture or range grass. Range grass is grass that is four to six inches long. Turkeys like to eat the growing tips of the grass. They will also enjoy any kitchen or garden scraps: lettuce, tomatoes, sweet corn, summer squash, and so on.

What to feed turkeys to finish them?

Turkeys require “finishing” before slaughtering, especially if they have had a lot of greens in their ration. Corn is the most common finishing grain, but turkeys won’t eat corn before cool weather sets in in the fall, so finishing before then can be difficult.

What do farmers feed turkeys?

American farmers are raising turkeys in scientifically designed, environmentally controlled barns that provide maximum protection from predators, disease and weather extremes. They are fed a balanced diet of corn and soybean meal mixed with a supplement of vitamins and minerals.

What to feed turkeys to fatten them up?

Corn tops the list of grains fed to turkeys for fattening. Oats can also be fed, especially if cannibalism or feather picking is a problem, since the high fiber content of this grain is generally recognized as one means of reducing feather picking (in chickens as well as in turkeys.)

Can turkeys eat layer feed?

Can Turkeys and Chickens Eat the Same Food. Baby turkeys (poults) and baby chicks should be fed their own individual starter feeds specially formulated for each species. Poults require a higher protein feed, especially for the first few weeks. Meaning they can eat the same food, yes.

What should you not feed turkeys?

What not to feed turkeys

  • Low-Quality chicken feed.
  • Dairy foods.
  • Onions.
  • Raw meat.
  • Chocolate.
  • Processed foods.
  • Fruit pits and seeds.
  • Tomato and eggplant leaves.

Can turkeys have medicated chick feed?

Turkeys may be started in much the same way that we recommend you start baby chicks. Start them on a medicated 28% Turkey Starter for the first 8 weeks. From 9 to 14 weeks provide them with a 20-21% Turkey Grower.

What is the best bedding for baby turkeys?

The best bedding material to use for turkeys is straw. Straw can be used for baby turkeys (poults), growing birds and turkeys of adult size.

When do you start feeding turkeys regular food?

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How to calculate the size of a Turkey?

The first step to the perfect holiday feast is knowing what size turkey you need. With a few simple calculations you can be assured you’ll have enough food to go around. Use the whole bird calculator below to figure out what size turkey you should buy, along with cooking and thawing times.

When to switch from high protein to regular turkey feed?

Keep in mind that the transition time doesn’t have to be exact. If at 5 weeks old you still have half a bag of high protein turkey starter, just feed it till it is gone and switch when you buy a new bag. At about 13 weeks or so, your turkeys can start eating a regular turkey or game bird feed.

What kind of food do you feed Turkey chicks?

Chick Starter Protein Percentage Feed Type Protein Percentage Chick Starter (Chicken) 18 – 19% Turkey Starter 26 – 30% Gamebird Starter 28 – 30%