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by miks
Sun Jul 24, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Turkey Forum
Topic: Turkeys and Chickens together?
Replies: 1
Views: 6653

Re: Turkeys and Chickens together?

Hi Zo, the usual recommendation is to keep turkeys and chickens separate but many people do keep them together for practical reasons. If you do, I suggest you worm them (and the chickens) very regularly to reduce the blackhead risk, and keep medication in stock so you can treat any immediately if th...
by miks
Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: Turkey Forum
Topic: Hanging, plucking, drawing...
Replies: 8
Views: 5387

Re: Hanging, plucking, drawing...

Length of time hanging depends on a few things so it can vary. Age of the bird and temperature come to mind. If the temp is over about 8 degrees, best not hang too long. Having said that, the bird will keep longer if intact, so if you dont have a fridge to keep it in after drawing, it's probably bet...
by miks
Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Turkey Forum
Topic: Hanging, plucking, drawing...
Replies: 8
Views: 5387

Re: Hanging, plucking, drawing...

Pretty much like a chicken - you need to be careful along the strip of fat on the breast and there are the usual difficult bits on the thigh and wing where it is all too easy to tear the skin. I always pluck ours warm, straight after killing. I have never done one cold, and imagine it will be hard w...
by miks
Wed Aug 07, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Turkey Forum
Topic: HELP PLEASE! poorly turkey
Replies: 5
Views: 3230

Re: HELP PLEASE! poorly turkey

Did the first one die? If so, a PM would have been useful. Did you check out their poo to see if it was yellow/green? Did the vet ask about symptoms before giving you the meds? If they are making rattly breathing noises, they could have a micoplasma infection and may need an anti-biotic. Also, I bel...
by miks
Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: Turkey Forum
Topic: HELP PLEASE! poorly turkey
Replies: 5
Views: 3230

Re: HELP PLEASE! poorly turkey

Talk to your vet. It could be anything, but if it has watery bright yellowish/greenish poo, it probably has blackhead and needs immediate treatment.
by miks
Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:38 am
Forum: Turkey Forum
Topic: Turkeys with Chickens
Replies: 3
Views: 3126

Re: Turkeys with Chickens

Howdy Y'all, I was wondering if it is safe to keep turkeys with chickens. (Not together as in the same coop or pen, but in the same yard near each other.) I heard that turkeys can spread diseases to chickens quite easily. :-)99 -Chicken Chaser Actually, it is chickens that can carry the blackhead p...
by miks
Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Turkey Forum
Topic: Poorly Turkey
Replies: 4
Views: 2237

Re: Poorly Turkey

Hi Susie, fluffing up is a sure sign that a bird is unwell, but is not diagnostic of anything in particular. Take her to a poultry vet if you have one locally, or at least take a fresh poo sample for analysis. An infection or poisoning could give her a drunken walk, but so could many other things.
by miks
Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Turkey Forum
Topic: Stringy birds ....
Replies: 11
Views: 10849

Re: Stringy birds ....

Unless your chickens are very old, they should roast fine if cooked long and slow. We never cook a chicken for less than 3 hours and then it is rested for maybe 30-40 mins during which time it continues to cook....
by miks
Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Turkey Forum
Topic: Stringy birds ....
Replies: 11
Views: 10849

Re: Stringy birds ....

I am astonished that you would even consider boiling a turkey! We slow roast them and they are absolutely tender and moist with the meat falling off the bone. We blast them at full heat for 25 mins and then turn the heat down to 120 degrees centigrade until they are obviously cooked enough to fall a...
by miks
Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:42 pm
Forum: Waterfowl For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Quality white indian runner ducks for sale - Lincolnshire
Replies: 8
Views: 3116

Re: Quality white indian runner ducks for sale - Lincolnshir

Sorry, but they are only available as breeding pairs, or I will be left with surplus drakes.

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