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PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:36 pm 
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I've jut hatched turkeys for the first time and am trying to get them to eat. They are not as easy as chickens. It doesn't matter what I do they are not pecking at their food. I have made them drink but eating is a bit harder. Any suggestions?

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Are they in with chicks?

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I used to scatter the food all over the bottom of the cage and they would find it pretty easily....then I graduated to a food bowl when the got the gist of it.


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I had them on their own at first and tried the usual, tapping the food with my finger, picking it up and dropping it so they see it and it is scattered on the bottom of the brooder. Nothing. Now I've put some 4 day old chicks with them hoping they would show them. Still nothing. The poults hatched on the 29th.

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i have heard that difficult to feed babies can have their attention attracted by alfoil, with food scattered on top of it

the noise and the shininess gets their attention.

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Something alive & moving, can you get any live meal worms?
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Thank you. I'll try the alfoil. No, I can't get mealworms. Would earthworms do the same thing? I sat them on my lap today and cuddled them and sprinkled some chick starter on my shirt and also some on my hand at eye level to them. They showed slight interest and had a little pick, so maybe it's a start.

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Okay they only other thing i can think of is make it into a mash and like you do for water place some marbles in the container....it attracts them to water so might work for the food?


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Location: drought or flooding rain with the random bushfire storm = yep thats about it for here
this has been well covered
:D good suggestions everyone and they should all work
may I add for yr next hatch - [if you cant do this now]
try hatching a few bantams abt 3-4 days before the turkeys [bantams 20/21 days - turkeys 28 days incubation]= the bantams are eating and drinking well by the time the turkeys come along and teach them how to eat and drink.
I use this 'teaching method' with all our birds
Had to recently TEACH :roll: 2 poults balance - they are going well now running with the rest of them.

Keep us updated how they go wont you

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If nothing else works you could try mashed egg mixed with breadcrumbs. We started our poults on this and they were eating the day they hatched. They seem to find it very appetising and if it worked you could mix chick starter with it and gradually switch them over after they had the eating idea.


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Yes, they are eating now. I put older chicks in with them (I don't have bantams though) so maybe that did the trick.

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Lapsteeler wrote:
(I don't have bantams though)


Doesnt have to be bantams,any young chick that is already eating should encourage the poults to eat...follow the leader.

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Congratulations, Sonya. You did it! 8) (It's a real worry when they won't eat, isn't it?! )

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Thank you. Phew!

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