Rearing Free Range Turkeys

It may be to early to think about Christmas for some but we start planning back in Feb/March time when we order our day old poults from Kelly hatcheries who supply slow growing strains of turkeys.

Our day old turkeys come onto farm in June which gives us about 24 weeks to rear our birds slowely and not push them like intensive birds that are normally finished in 16 weeks, see the difference allready !

Norfolk black turkeys
Checking the turkeys

The young poults start off in a small area under a brooder (a large gas heater) with plenty of food and water, as the birds feather up they are weaned off the heat and at about 3-4 weeks old the heater is turned off and they are given more space to roam.

From 8 weeks old they are moved into there rearing sheds and given full access (24hours) to grass paddocks where they happily hunt for worms and insects during the day and top up on a cereal based feed ration (more on the food next time) when they need to.

They are bedded down on fresh straw when needed to make there stay with us a happy one.

Free range turkeys
Happy to roam

Next time, “What’s in our food”