We have 9 turkeys left. I sold 2 to a friend a couple of weeks ago. The remaining 9 are very large and eat a ton! I feed them (along with the chickens) in these two troughs just inside the chicken run. The turkeys used to have free-range of our property, until they started wandering waaaaay too far. I caught them across the road once, and I put a stop to their roaming ways.
Now they stay in the sheep pasture, but I had to figure out a way to feed them so the sheep (and goats) couldn't eat their food. This works really well. The turkeys reach through the fencing to eat, and the sheep can't get to it. The feed cost is really starting to add up though. The chickens and turkeys go through 2 bags of feed per week. Add that in with the 2 bags per week for the broilers, and it's an easy $36-40 per week in just poultry feed alone.
I think I'll be processing the turkeys soon, maybe this weekend or next weekend. They're really pretty, and I'll miss them, but I won't miss their food bill.
It's funny, but many times I catch the turkeys in segregated groups. The white ones will hang out and the bronze ones will hang out.
Pretty soon my freezer will be chock full of turkeys!
Many are going to friends and family. I think we'll keep 2, and we may have an extra turkey or two to sell or barter.
Next year I hope to get a few heritage breed turkeys to keep year round. I'll miss having turkeys on the homestead.