This year we have taken on multiple new projects on the Out to Pasture Homestead. A trio of turkey poults is one of the most interesting additions. We have had chickens for 5 or 6 years, but had never branched out into turkeys. For one thing- poults are much more expensive to purchase than peeps. You can buy a peep here in Ohio for $1.79, but poults command almost $9 each! Everything we read said to expect a serious attrition rate in the turkeys. We considered ordering turkeys from a hatchery, but the hatchery had minimums of 20, and the heritage breeds that we were interested in were more than $10 a bird! That was outside our retirement homesteading budget. So we were thrilled to find one of our local hardware/feed stores had turkey poults available with a minimum of 3. We are feeding the poults a special high protein feed. If you consider that these birds go from the weight of a feather to 30 pounds or more in 4 1/2 months, you can understand the need for the high test feed. We put them out to pasture inside an electric poultry fence, and just kick back and laugh at their antics.
As you can see, one of the poults is definitely a Tom! Look at that display! Wings lowered, tail spread-he has got his mojo going! Our daughter says they are Larry,Curlie and Moe. The Piper says they are Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Ah, life on the Homestead is always interesting!