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30 TURKEYS EAT 50 POUNDS a DAY

 

November 23, 2018

Joshua Huish

30 TURKEYS EAT 50 POUNDS a DAY

Photo and story by Pilar Owens, TALON

Turkey chicks arrive in late March or early April, according to veteran turkey farmer Joshua Huish. Although the high school junior didn't raise any this year, he raised Giant White turkeys for the 2017 San Juan County Fair and one of them won Grand Champion. The challenges of raising the gobblers starts early. "Some of them end up--like in the early stages--some of them will die if they get trampled on," said Huish. His turkeys lived in a chain link enclosure with a roof on his grandparent's place. The flock gets fed once a day in the morning. "Once they get a little older they start eating around 50 pounds a day out of 30 birds, and then we pick the nine best birds and take them to fair."

Finding the nine biggest and best looking birds is another challenge because you have to wash them. "Washing them is when you get hit in the face by one of their wings," said Huish. Another challenge of raising turkeys? "Getting pecked at."

But the rewards are great. Last year Huish made around $5000 off of his grand champion turkey. He used part of the money to buy a Mini Sprint race car, and saved the rest.

Does Huish like to eat turkey? "Not really...not after raising them."

 

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