Common Mistakes and Problems to Avoid When Raising Turkeys
If you are just beginning to learn how to raise turkeys, you need to do any of research. While these birds are relatively easy to raise there are some common mistakes that could happen that can be avoided with a little bit of research.
One of the things you need to be careful of when your first beginning to raise them is that they need a certain amount of warmth and will get it one way or another. Often, they may pile up on each other smothering each other in order to stay warm, resulting in death of the lower ones. You can solve some of these problems by making sure there is enough heat sources for the amount of birds you are growing. You may need a red lamp for every set of 20 turkeys within your herd. By making sure you have enough warmth as well as not having corners for them to pile up in their habitat, you can avoid this common problem and death.
You’ll also find them need a certain amount of particular vitamins and nutrients in order to grow healthy. While your birds may be doing well when immature, as they grow if they don’t get the proper nutrients bare legs can actually grow crooked to the point where they cannot walk. This can be solved by making sure you’re fulfilling all of their vitamin and nutrient needs via processed feed, perhaps alfalfa, or vitamins and minerals in their water. Just make sure you’re getting the right amount for them and if you’re raising organic birds, you cannot use processed food, vitamins or even medicine.
Also, diarrhea is a common problem in herds. You can try to avoid this by again giving them antibiotics on a regular basis, but some people have found that acidophilus in the water works very well. This is great, if you’re raising organic turkeys, as acidophilus is a natural inhibitor of diarrhea. If despite this you wind up with diarrhea in your herd, you will have to put them on antibiotics, and it’s usually something you put in their water.
Raising them is not difficult, but there are some common problems that are associated with herds. Read up on your Internet, there are several stories available that will show you exactly how people encountered the problems, and exactly how they solve them. They can be great for a small farm, and you can even raise them as free range turkeys and wind up marketing them as organic or free range.
Look to common organic turkey sites, turkey farm sites, and other sites concerning raising them and you’ll have a lot of information at your fingertips. Remember, their main concern is going to be warmth and enough food and water to solve their vitamin and nutrient needs. Make sure that you’ve an optimum and with no corners for them and then give them their food and water that they need to survive and thrive.
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