Successfully raising turkeys on the homestead is quite easy to achieve. However, there are a few things to keep in mind prior to incorporating them onto the property.
Raising turkeys on the homestead may be something you’ve tossed around for quite awhile, but for some reason you haven’t been able to commit to bringing them to the property. Turkeys aren’t small like chickens and they aren’t independent as ducks, but there’s something about having them on the homestead that seems homesteady, and I’m here to tell you that they have been a great addition for us.
There’s many things to consider prior to bringing in turkeys, but the main thing to think about is why do you want to add them to your property.
Are you looking to become self-sustaining and raise them for meat purposes or do you simply love the idea of having a pet turkey? Pasture-raised turkeys make for an excellent meat bird. However, raising heritage breeds on pasture also make for a tasty bird.
Other questions to keep in mind:
- How many turkeys do you plan to raise
- How to house turkeys
- Housing, free-range, or is pasture-raised turkeys the goal
Once you distinguish why you’d like to raise them, then you are able to decide on how many to bring to the homestead.
Get answers to this question and get tips about raising turkeys on the homestead including:
- Turkey Breeds
- Raising Turkeys for Meat
- Feed Options and Supplements
- Butchering for Meat
- Incubating and Hatching Turkey Eggs
- Brooding Poults
- Turkey Housing
- Common Turkey Diseases Identification & Prevention
- Zoning Laws & Ordinances
Ann is an author, encourager, wife, mom, grandmother, and homesteader living in the Pacific Northwest. Join her and her family as they transform a single family, mountainside home on 2-acre into a sustainable homestead. And be sure to check out Ann’s book, A Farm Girl’s Guide to Preserving the Harvest and learn how to can, freeze, dehydrate, and ferment your garden’s goodness!