We felt that if we were going to have turkey's then we wanted the older breeds and maybe we could do some good for the breed numbers.
Ralph with the crate of peepers!
They were purchased from Meyer Hatchery and were the last of the 2015 turkey hatching. Shipped from New Mexico USPS, our post master called us as soon as they arrived and Ralph basically stampeded out the door!
The Cat was mystified, then since there were no treats involved she went and had a nap.
It was like Christmas, it probably seems trivial to anyone who raises large numbers of turkey's but to us it is a part of our future and very exciting. We opened the crate to loud and vigorous poults, all alive.
You wonder where the photo of the Chocolate poults is? They had started to jump out of the open box so we decided we had better get them settled.
Ralph had purchased a bag of Koop Clean for the litter. It spreads well and makes a nice soft but firm bed for the poults. We used a 50 gallon sheep water trough as a brooder box.
The Koop Clean
Spreading out the first layer, Ralph shook it and made sure there were no lumps in it and that it was uniformly spread.
Here is the trough ready for its inhabitants.
Ralph gently setting the Chocolate poults into the litter. The Chocolate were still trying to jump out of the shipping box.
Here is a mix of the poults. They were really glad to have room to run.
Right to the water, as soon as Ralph put the waterer down they were drinking. The Blue Slate were first!
Humnn....a trend, the Blue Slate started eating first as well.
Here they are just before we added the food and water, we are trying a clear light but after a few days I found it is not as diffuse for heating and the poults are calmer under the red bulb.
We also decided to use non medicated feed but treat the water for the first while. We are in town here and the water is treated heavily so it smells when we turn on the tap. We fill a gallon jug and then let it sit on the counter with the lid off for some of the chemicals to evaporate off. This helps when we water plants with the water so we think it should help with the turkey's.
I am posting this after a week of turkey sitting while Ralph deals with the farm and getting power hooked up, hay cut and all sorts of other things that have to be done.
Not all has gone well. Four poults have died.Two of the Chocolate, one Blue Slate and a very small Royal Palm. No clear reason, which has always frustrated me when something dies. [I was not really surprised at the little Royal Palm, but the Slate was a well grown poult and the entire group has been really vigorous]
Meyer have been very helpful, answering questions about feed and litter.
They can jump out of the water troughs, there are now 2 as they needed more room! 20" up so now I have a barricade around the brooders!
They come right to see me as soon as I open the porch door and they are starting to make turkey noises!
Shades of The Beverly Hillbillies as we move lock, stock, turkey's and tomato plants to Kentucky!