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Old 01-11-2020, 09:40 AM   #1
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All our chickens have been eaten and we are thinking of raising royal palms. It's supposed to be delicious and we would spend the first year getting them to breed, then select one every year to eat. From what I understand the Tom's even taste good.

We'd probably only do a half dozen or so but we need to get some birds because the side pasture are getting filled with insects now. Thought 6 turkeys probably eat as much as 12 chickens and the turkeys arent as messy.

I tried to get the ole lady to agree with an emu but I just got that angry look.
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All our chickens have been eaten and we are thinking of raising royal palms. It's supposed to be delicious and we would spend the first year getting them to breed, then select one every year to eat. From what I understand the Tom's even taste good.

We'd probably only do a half dozen or so but we need to get some birds because the side pasture are getting filled with insects now. Thought 6 turkeys probably eat as much as 12 chickens and the turkeys arent as messy.

I tried to get the ole lady to agree with an emu but I just got that angry look.
Hormone imbalance due to her current state-----you'll see this often in the next 6-7 months.

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Hormone imbalance due to her current state-----you'll see this often in the next 6-7 months.

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Oh, dont I know that. Was just teasing her about it. Shes much better this time.

I have to admit an emu was probably a bad idea, not sure 6 acres is enough for them. She says turkeys are ugly but I'm not in it for the looks, I'd rather see them with no feathers
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One of the vendors at the local farmers market got some baby turkeys to raise for eggs this year. All died of one thing or another. So to paraphrase an old saying, don't count all your gobblers til they make it to the butcher.

Sorry, I'm sure that didn't help any.
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Try and find a meat bird more suited for the Florida heat, or raise them during your cooler months. I always mention this, but if you feed them protein meal, stay away from fish based protein.

Turkeys are dumb...but the last couple years our family has feasted on 40# plus dressed out turkeys during Thanksgiving.

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Those EMU,s can be nasty very aggressive,
Geese are good work well on the table at Christmas, but make real good guard " dogs "
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no emu's .damn they can be mean or scared which ever . nasty kick .i do not like the way they come at me . turkeys might even be dumber then chickens . but they are cool .
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My father had a turkey ranch before I was born. 80,000 turkeys.


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My father had a turkey ranch before I was born. 80,000 turkeys.


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What do you do with 80,000. turkeys
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My aunt did, I ate one, tasted like turkey.
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Did he sell to the pilgrims ?

What do you do with 80,000. turkeys

Sell them. It was in the Mohave desert. I went out to visit when I was in high school with my older brother. It was still there. The sign was still in place. Looked like an old ghost town ranch. Incubators on the ground and the huge feed bins.


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How about peacocks? They're not only gorgeous, they were imported from Africa to Rome after being slaughtered and dried out in the sands of the Sahara.
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How about peacocks? They're not only gorgeous, they were imported from Africa to Rome after being slaughtered and dried out in the sands of the Sahara.
Well thats great what the Phuck do they taste like, can Deck get a Christmas dinner and a feather dance later

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The local hatchery always had turkey eggs, and thus, both of my grandmothers had them in running with the chickens. I don't remember anything special about them, except they had to be managed....meaning they were not smart enough to come in out of the rain, and you did not turn them out in sub freezing weather....they would get cold and stand until then died.

Domestic turkeys are not wild turkeys.....and they smell way worse then chickens.
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I grilled and ate turkey yesterday.

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Smoked turkey is awesome.....but second behind baby back ribs.

Little known fact: Turkey is the second leading meat and meat product in prisons, right behind bologna products, because of cost. They are an efficient bird, turning feed into meat. Right behind pigs.

One of my friends growing up hated turkey....his mom had a breeding flock, and their main meat was turkey everything. Turkey sausage, burger, and of course, turkey and noodles.....because.....chickens were to be sold, along with eggs.....turkeys only had a market back in the day twice a year, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

To this day, that friend and his brother will not eat turkey...haven't sine their mom passed.
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I reached out to some friends with a small organic chicken farm, like 3000 birds. They raised a couple hundred Turkey one year and said they're pretty hardy here and not difficult. The thing they liked was they didnt **** everywhere and they're water and food stayed cleaner. The **** apparently is much bigger but not scattered everywhere like the chickens.

Did say they were about as dumb as chickens but bigger. They did say in particular they are much more social with people but also dumb enough to walk up to the dogs. So we're going to give the heritage breed (royal palm) a try. Probably get some in March.
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"Anyone Ever Raise Turkeys?"

When they were young I thought a couple of my kids would be turkeys, but they turned out ok in the end. Never considered eating one.
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How about peacocks? They're not only gorgeous, they were imported from Africa to Rome after being slaughtered and dried out in the sands of the Sahara.
They are all over the place here but we don't eat them...
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