Last week I wrote about our turkeys first four weeks of life in the brooder. Today, we get to take a look at the day that the girls had been waiting for…. pasture!… fresh green grass every single day.
On their four week birthday all the little ones got loaded up in crates one-by-one. It’s important to remember that, when handling turkeys, you always need to be extra gentle; we individually pick up each turkey around the wings in order to ensure that she doesn’t flap her fragile wings and break them.
After the crates were loaded we made the mile long trek to their new homes – poultry shelters exactly like the ones we run broilers in. We filled six shelters with just over 60 birds each. Everyday, the turkeys get a new patch of grass, feed, water, and grit. Here, they will continue to thrive until they’ve outgrown their shelter – about seven weeks old.
This week, the hens will move on to their final residency… stay tuned for updates and pictures!