Big Tom Turkey

Gaint White Tom Turkey
Gaint White Tom Turkey

We’ve decided to start our new venture and become farmers. So, during the spring of 2008, we bought 26 chickens and 2 Giant White Turkeys. Luckily, we ended up with 1 tom and 1 hen turkey.  So we decided to keep them instead of butchering them. We were hoping to get turkey eggs in the spring.  Last week my wife called me at work and said our oldest son thinks the hen turkey is dead. Since I only work a couple of blocks from home I went to check it out. When I saw the hen I thought ‘how could you think she was dead.’ She was on her back, feet in the air, not moving.  She IS dead. I don’t know what she died of, but when she was younger she was having trouble walking around and ended up with a severe wobble.  I think she gained too much weight when she was younger and her legs didn’t grow strong enough. After she passed I weighed her. She was 30 pounds. Needless to say, we won’t be having turkey eggs.

As far as our tom goes, He would strut around the brooder when he was very young. He is always hungry and does not care what is in his way. He plows through and steps on any chicken just to get to the food. Most of the time he is puffed up and strutting around. Last week he attacked our youngest son who is almost 3. That was a deal-breaker for the wife. With his girlfriend gone and him attacking the kids, not to mention the amount of food we go through,  we had decided to have him for Easter. However, the wife wants to wait and use him for ground turkey meat instead.  Since he weighs in at 51 pounds, I think that’s a great idea.


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  1. Derek

    Giant whites are designed to grow fast. They cannot be bred or be used to produce eggs because they will almost always break their knees or die of a heart attack (as you now know). Just like men who tinkered with their fate, they are not self-sustaining.

  2. Uziel

    Giant whites can’t be mated without artificial insemination. They grow too big. Commercial farmers can afford to go through this mess, but for the small farm I would suggest a heritage breed. If you raise them strictly for food that would be easier. I know they are always hungry, but if you choose to raise them, they can go hungry for a while, this won’t hurt them. What happened to you your hen was she gained too much weight too fast, causing leg and bone problems. This probably led to internal organ failure. Also I would suggest keeping them away from your chickens, this will keep them calmer as they don’t have to fight to eat. Feed them lots of calcium for bone growth when they are young, oyster shell is a good source. When they reach about six months then I would start giving them a little more protein along with the calcium and as they grow older give them more and more protein, but always keep them on a calcium rich diet. Hope this helps if you decide to try again.

  3. Lucinda Jones

    We recently went to a small animal auction and purchased a tom-tom turkey just like the one pictured above. He appears to be older and weighs in at 52 pounds. We bought him as a pet, however, every time I go in to feed he attacks me. My husband can go in and the turkey does not strut, just walks away. I’m not scared of him, but he is starting to really hurt whenever he bites. Is there anything I can do to stop him? other than planning to cook him?

  4. TempestT-37

    Is he attacking or is he trying to get food? When they attack they will jump at you using their feet and wings. Honestly I don’t think there is anything you can do about him attacking you. I once had a tom that was more like a pet, he would come up to me wanting me to pet him, but if anyone came in the yard he would attack them (I never knew turkeys could run that fast). I could pick him up and he would let everyone pet him.

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  6. Ana montes meléndez

    quiero comprar una pareja de pavos blaco gigante o blanco holandes,vivo en Costa Rica y no se como  ni donde comprar.ayudeme . gracias.

    I want to buy a pair of giant white turkeys or Dutch white, live in Costa Rica and do not know how or where comprar.ayudeme . Thank you

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