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Pasture-Raised Turkeys

| 11/11/2019 9:56:00 AM

Nothing beats a home-raised bird, whether it's a chicken or a turkey.  There is a huge push for meat birds that are raised more naturally.  Turkeys and chickens can technically be raised on pasture, but they won't spend their days eating grass like you might picture a cow doing.  Turkeys that are raised on pasture will have a varied diet and will require a little ingenuity to keep them enclosed and safe.

Raising turkeys isn't difficult and can be a fun experience.  Here's what you need to know about raising turkeys.

What Do Turkeys Eat?

Turkeys are omnivores.  This means that naturally, they eat both vegetation and meat.  Turkeys don't eat 'meat' but they do consume insects for protein.

About 50-60% of a turkey's natural diet comes from vegetation.  They'll spend their time eating grasses, seeds and berries.  Turkeys prefer to eat the tops of pasture style grasses, or grasses that are 4-6 inches tall.  This is probably why you see so many turkeys in fields where cattle, sheep and horses graze.

The remaining 50-40% of their diet will come from insects.  Turkeys need the protein and amino acids that are present in the insects.  These proteins and amino acids will help fuel the growth for growing turkeys.  Young turkeys grow fast and need somewhere around 28% protein to feed this rapid growth.

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