So, son decides to do a market turkey project this summer for 4H/fair. We are picking up a dozen on Tues, 1 day old chicks. We pick up our meat chickens in May, but that is for another thread .
Any good tips on raising these things, I've done chickens for laying, but trying to get these birds up to around 35-40#'s by end of July. They will be on starter feed 28-30% and in a cage for a few weeks until they can take the barn. Once they get big enough, I will put there water and fed up on stands on opposite sides of pen so they have to jump up and eat/drink to help build those drumsticks. I hope when they get big enough to let them free range some and run around to help build muscle.
Someone told us though to keep them up on wire for the first couple months or they can develop "black head": due to being near the chickens?
Also, what about starting them on terramycin antibiotics or something to the likes in their water?