Turkey Farming In Nigeria > Quick Facts You Should Know

Agri-business in the new oil money,believe it or not,a lot of people has cashed into this new trend of investing in animal farming.

In this post we are going to take a look at some of the quick facts about turkey farming in Nigeria that you probably never knew.

If your planning on starting your new turkey farm in Nigeria,then it's imperative that you read this whole article till the end to check out some basic facts about turkey farming that you should know.
Turkey farming is basically the act of rearing turkey for the purpose of making money.

The federal government banned the importation of turkey meat into the country,this has made the business to be more lucrative.

Turkey Farming In Nigeria > Quick Facts You Should Know

1. Nigerians used to import turkey from Benin Republic before it was banned by the government,alot of farmers capitalized on this and are steady making millions.

2. Apart from selling of the turkey,you can also make money from the birds feathers, fertilized eggs and their droppings.

3. Rearing turkey is quite harder than rearing chicken.

4. Turkey farming needs maximum attention from the farmer starting from the day the birds hatch. Usually the newly hatched birds will be kept in a brooder house under normal room temperature for about 5 weeks,when they mature,they will be separated into two houses.

5. The female turkey grow much faster than the male turkey.
6. The birds reach full maturity when they are about 20 weeks old before being sold or raised for meat and production of eggs.

7. The best place to keep the turkey is in a spacious area with proper ventilation,the most common type of accommodation for the birds are built with wire mesh.

8. The birds should be kept in a well secured area,they should also be fed constantly with enough drinking water. Well fed turkeys grow to be very large in size.
9. Starting your own turkey farm in Nigeria is not very capital intensive.

10. While raising a turkey farm be on the watch out for snakes, ants, bush rats and other rodents.

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11. Keeping your turkey farm clean prevents the spread of infections and diseases.

12. Selecting turkey poults in the farms with a good genes can also increase your chances of rearing bigger,disease resistant turkeys.
13. Some of the most popular breeds of turkeys for domestic breeding in Nigeria are the Standard Bronze and White, White Hollands etc
14. An average male well fed turkey will weigh an average of  23 kg while the female will weigh about about 10 kg.

15. Female turkeys usually incubate their eggs themselves and take care of the poults carefully,however you should consider buying an incubator,a special space should be set aside for birds during incubation.

16. A farmer can get up to 600 kg of dietary meat from one large adult female turkey per year.

17. You can decide to cage the birds or free roam the turkeys,but according to studies free roaming turkeys produce more eggs.

18. Turkeys are best fed with millet or oats,you can add aother legumes to the food,also you can add Vitamin E and ordinary chalk to the turkeys’ diet. Young poults should be fed several times a day,up to 7 or 8 times a day.

19. Your birds should be vaccinated regularly.

20. Turkey farms begin to make profit between 4-6 months,one female turkey can produce 10-15 poults,rearing turkey is a decent business that can generate income for the farmer.

21. Farmers tend to earn more and sell more birds during festive periods like Easter.

22. The price of turkey can vary according to it's size and weight,turkeys are sold between N7,000 - N18,000.

23. Special care should be taken when raising young poults as there is usually a 6 -10% morality rate when they are growing up.

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24. When feeding your turkey,make sure that you make use of feeders.

25. The female birds can start laying eggs at about 5 months.

26. If your planning to raise poults,its imperative that your poults are provided with many lamps to prevent accidental smothering.

27. If you notice that the leg of your turkey is breaking,it's probably because of weakened bones.
28.Cutting of the beak and clipping of your turkey's toe is essential to prevent them from injuring each other.

29. Hybrid feeds feeds and leftovers can be ideal when it comes to providing a nutritious meal for your birds. The best time to feed your birds is during the cooler times of the day preferably,also ensure that your birds trough is always full at all times,when a change is made from one diet to another,ensure that you use withdrawal method.

Listed above are some of the main facts and tips about turkey farming in Nigeria that every potential turkey farmer should know.