How are Turkeys Raised?

Turkey farmers in Alberta take great pride in raising turkeys to produce safe high quality food for Canadian consumers.  They work hard to ensure the humane treatment and care of each and every turkey they raise.

During the time it takes to raise a flock, turkey farmers provide thorough attention to their birds.

Upon arrival from the hatchery, day-old turkeys (called poults) are placed in climate controlled barns where they are kept warm and supplied with ample food and water.  This first stage of their life, from the time of arrival to approximately five to six weeks of age, is called brooding.    

The next growth stage is known as the growing cycle.  This cycle lasts between 10 to 17 weeks of age, depending on the target market weight of the bird.  Hens (females) typically reach 8.5 kgs, and are typically raised for the whole bird market that most Canadians are familiar with, while toms (males) are typically reach 12 kgs, and are likely to be raised for use in cut-up products such as ground turkey, turkey sausage, deli-turkey. 

Turkeys are not kept in cages.  Turkeys are free to roam throughout the barn on floors covered with soft, dry bedding, typically, wood shavings or straw is used as bedding material.