Turkey Production at Home

This excerpt from Jack Widmer's 1949 book "Practical Animal Husbandry" covers breeds, feeding, brooding methods, sanitation, and other topics relevant to turkey production at home.



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The sun porch is one of the most practical approaches to producing disease-free turkeys. Add a small covered shed to the one in the photo—which is in a warm climate—and it becomes an ideal arrangement for almost any climate.
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These White Holland turkey hens are kept in trap nests to insure their pedigree. The attendant will write each bird's leg band number on its eggs before releasing it.
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Here's an adaptable pen that will break broody turkeys and chickens. It can be structured in various sizes and is easily serviced from the outside.
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This sun porch can be built to accommodate any number of turkeys. Both feeder and waterer are easily filled from outside the pen; the slat floor facilitates cleaning. A small door is placed where turkeys can be readily caught with a leg wire.
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Large producers start their turkey, chicken, and duck poults in elaborate starter batteries, but they're not really necessary for the small operator.
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