Can Bourbon Red turkeys reproduce?

Can Bourbon Red turkeys reproduce?

Bourbon Red Turkeys are sustainable meat and egg birds. They can live and breed naturally for many years, unlike commercial turkeys, which must be artificially inseminated and often die young of organ or skeletal failure. Turkey eggs are richly flavored and a desirable gourmet food item.

Are Bourbon Red turkeys winter hardy?

By the time turkeys reach maturity, they are very easy to care for, and are capable of surviving winter weather in great shape. Whether you decide on a Royal Palm Turkey or a Bourbon Red turkey, who wouldn’t enjoy having a tom strutting around displaying his brilliant tail feathers?

What age do Bourbon Red turkeys start laying eggs?

Heritage breed turkeys, like Bourbon Red, begin laying at 30-36 weeks of age.

How fast do Bourbon Red turkeys grow?

The Bourbon Red turkey birds generally reach marketing size within their 6 months of age. And on an average, a tom will require approximately 100 pounds of feed, and a hen will require around 60 pounds of feed for reaching marketing size within 6 months.

Will Bourbon Red turkeys fly away?

Raising heritage turkeys They don’t fly away, but it does create problems when we need to catch them for processing.

Can you eat turkey eggs?

Turkey eggs are totally edible: Those who have backyard turkeys report their eggs taste remarkably similar to chicken eggs. They are slightly bigger, the shell slightly tougher, and the membrane between the shell and the egg slightly thicker, but otherwise, not too different.

How do I keep my turkey warm in the winter?

To sum up: Select cold-hardy breeds if you live where winters are cold. Make sure your roosts are large and sturdy enough for your turkeys. Help keep them warm at night with extra carbohydrate before you tuck them in. Keep those coops clean, dry, and well-ventilated.

What temperature can turkeys tolerate?

Turkeys are generally most comfortable when temperatures range from 70-79° F (Anonymous, 2003). Feed intake and growth may be affected as temperatures rise above 80° F and temperatures exceeding 90° F, can result in heat exhaustion or heat prostration.

What can I feed my Bourbon Red turkey?

Feeding and Nutrition Young turkeys are rapid growers and require more protein than most poultry types. It’s best to supply your poults with a 30% protein starter until your poults reach 8 weeks of age. Once your poults are 8 weeks old, transition them to a good flock raiser with 20% protein, but high-calorie content.

How big do Bourbon Red turkeys get?

The Bourbon Red is a breed of domestic turkey named for its unique reddish plumage and for Bourbon County, Kentucky. The breed standard indicates that mature Bourbon Red toms (males) weigh 15 kilograms (33 pounds), and mature hens (females) weigh 8.2 kilograms (18 pounds).

When do Bourbon Red turkeys start laying eggs?

Bourbon Reds reach sexual maturity between 7 and 8 months of age but generally won’t begin laying until the spring after they hatched. Sometimes a hen might lay a few eggs in the fall before winter begins but will stop production for cold winter days.

Is it possible for Bourbon Reds to reproduce?

Yes, the bourbon reds can reproduce naturally. On average they will lay between 50-100 depending on environment and what breed of turkey. Can I add 5 or 10 turkey’s to an order with 25 chicks or does it still need to be a minimum of 15 turkeys. Turkeys do not hatch at the same facility as chickens.

Can a hen turkey raise a Bourbon Red Turkey?

Our line of Bourbon Reds has high fertility and hatchability. Hen turkeys readily hatch and raise their own poults. Though many people see turkeys as strictly meat birds, our Bourbon Reds are also excellent egg layers.

How much do red turkey hatching eggs cost?

Hatching eggs are available on sale right now for only $5 each (normally $9)! Baby Poults are also available! Our heritage breed Bourbon Red Turkeys are organically raised on Non-GMO Soy Free Feed (and Organically Certified Feed when available) & tractor-pastured on natural fields that have never been chemically treated.