The early days after hatching are critical to the life of a baby turkey. It is not uncommon for some newly hatched baby turkeys to die.
The causes vary, ranging from extreme weather, disease or other animal disturbances.
Here are 8 ways to raise baby turkeys
1. Separated from parents
In one egg-laying period, a female turkey can lay up to a dozen eggs. Sometimes the eggs hatch at different times. Differences in hatching one egg with another egg can be one to three days. Immediately take the chicks that have hatched to be placed in a separate cage, away from adult turkeys.
2. Warm Cage Construction
Baby turkeys naturally receive warmth from their mothers if they are not separated. As a place for baby turkeys in a warm cage.
Baby turkeys generally can't stand cold weather, so you can add lights in their cage. Choose incandescent lamps, as they can generate a lot of heat compared to fluorescent or tube lamps.
3. Coat the surface of the cage base
A muddy cage with spilled drinking water or droppings is not healthy for baby turkeys. For that, the bottom can be covered with newspapers or burlap sacks that absorb air. In addition to these two materials, rice husks can also be used to coat the floor of the cage. This base should be replaced with a new one immediately if it is saturated with air and wet dirt.
When the weather is cold, choose a large porous base such as a burlap sack. Turkey chicks often need to do something to be gripped. If the soles of the feet or toes are still weak, they can be bent and brought to adulthood.
4. Keep away from Rats and Cats
Build a cage with materials and structures that can prevent rat or cat attacks. Always make sure the cage is closed so that mice and rats cannot enter. In addition to these two animals, houses near agricultural land are vulnerable to attack by ferrets or ferrets.
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5. Put the pebbles into the drink
One of the triggers is that when a baby turkey drinks, its nose is too deep into the water so it gets wet. To avoid this, add small pebbles that have been cleaned into the chicken drink, so it doesn't go too far into the water when drinking.
Change drinking water every day, drinking places are very clean, including gravel. Drinking water that is not replaced often makes turkeys sick easily.
Vaccination is important for baby turkeys to avoid disease and boost immunity. Vaccination can be done with eye drops, eye drops or vaccines through drinks.
Vaccines can be obtained by purchasing survey institutes or shops selling livestock equipment and medicines. The price is quite cheap, for a dose of 50 chickens the price is around tens of thousands of rupiah.
7. Provide Nutritious Feed
Provide nutritious feed for baby turkeys. The chicken sold in many stores can be ground instead of bran or just rice and corn. Feed is given in containers and not directly sprinkled on the floor or bottom of the cage because it will be contaminated with dirt and disease.
8. Drying in the morning sun
Every morning the baby turkeys and their cages can be dried briefly in the morning sun. Besides being able to strengthen the turkey's body, drying can reduce the humidity of the cage mat and kill germs.
Those are some things that can be done in caring for and raising baby turkeys so that they can grow well and healthy.