BDN quotes Anderson in article about turkeys
The Bangor Daily News quoted Gary Anderson, an animal and bioscience specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in the article “What to consider before adding turkeys to your homestead.” Anderson gave tips like housing turkeys separately from chickens, which can act as an intermediate host for blackhead disease to which turkeys are susceptible. He also recommends purchasing baby turkeys, or poults, from a National Poultry Improvement Program hatchery, which test birds for diseases and have closed flocks. “Once poults arrive, they need to be in [a] brooder for the first month while feathers are growing and birds can regulate their own body temperature,” Anderson said. The temperature should start at about 95 degrees Fahrenheit and be reduced by about 5 degrees each week, according to the article.