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Beltsville Small White Turkeys

Posted by Fluffy on October 10, 2012 at 12:10 AM

The turkeys are growing up, finally. They are two different ages, a month apart. It is still possible to tell them apart by size because of course the older ones are larger. It appears of the 8 turkeys, 5 are male and 3 female, boo hoo. The male turkeys are agressive with the roosters on the farm and they often fight. An unusual aspect of turkey mating though, is that the tom turkey displays himself hoping the hen will allow him to breed. It is the hen that has the last word in that. If she is not interested she will not squat for him and simply walks away. They are slow growers too. At approximately 4 and 5 months old, they are not quite big enough to eat. Anyhow, these are not for dinner; they are breeding stock and hopefully will produce many little turkeys that they will take care of themselves. One thing I love about a broody momma is that the trouble with heat lamps and temperature, as well as feeding, is all managed by the moms. Hopefully, I will not have to hatch any eggs and the hens will do all that work naturally for me.

Now, are the toms beautiful or ugly?

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