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Poultry and Livestock: Domestic turkey raised by wild parents?

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keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 16, 2013
3:32 PM

Post #9421239

Has anyone ever attempted to place or raise domestic turkey eggs/poults with wild turkeys? Could being raised wild allow these turkeys to stay slim and fit allowing flight? I was always curious about this since poor diet and cramped conditions im sure make domestic farmed turkeys too heavy for flight or running.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

February 16, 2013
7:25 PM

Post #9421442

It would be an interesting experiment. However, I don't think domestic turkeys, even fit and slim, can still fly. Selective breeding has produced birds that have different muscling than their wild relatives.

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