On Canadian turkey farms like this one, poults (baby turkeys) arrive when they are about a day-old. They are then raised in climate-controlled barns that protect the birds from harsh weather, disease and predators.
The first stage of production from one-day of age to five-six weeks of age is called brooding. During this time the young birds are carefully watched and kept warm. The next stage of production is called the growing cycle as the birds grow from five to six weeks of age to between 11 and 17 weeks of age, when they will reach their desired market weight.
Quick Canadian Turkey Facts:
Did you know…?
- There are 527 registered turkey farmers in Canada.
- Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas account for over 80% of annual whole turkey sales.
- Per capita turkey consumption has remained relatively stable over the past 15 years, with production and consumption growing at the same rate as the population.
- In Canada, turkeys are produced in various weight ranges including:
- Broiler turkeys up to 6.2 kg
- Hen turkeys 6.2 - 10.8 kg
- Tom turkeys 10.8 kg and up