I am thinking of trying my hand at incubating some heritage breed turkeys in the spring. Anyone have experience with this? Best breeds to try? Good economical incubator to get?
I currently keep a small bunch of laying hens -- 3 reds and 5 leghorns. I am planning on adding to my girls this spring too with some heavies: maybe Australops or something similar. I have read that turkeys should not run with chickens, however ten years ago I got a little bird crazy and ran hens, ducks, peafowl and a large standard white turkey together and had no problems. I free range everything on 10 acres. No problems yet with predators as I have dogs that keep them away.
However, I do have large groups of wild turkeys in the area -- does that pose a problem with heritage birds? I was hoping that incubating would have them imprint on us so they would stick around.
Any tips, suggestions, etc. are very welcome!