How to Make Money Raising Turkeys (7 Easy Ways)

by Alex Kountry
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If you want to start raising turkeys at home, then you definitely have plans for making some money from them.

Raising turkeys is one way to add an extra income to your farms and there are lots of ways you can actually make money raising turkeys.

In this article, I will be showing you 10 different ways you can cash out by having turkeys in your farm and you will be definitely surprised by some of the things mentioned.

1. Sell turkey eggs

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This is without a doubt the first and common way to make money by raising turkeys.

Turkeys like chickens and ducks lay eggs that are very nutritious and can be eaten in place of other bird’s eggs.

A single turkey egg contains 135 calories (as against 75 calories for chickens) 11 grams of proteins as against 6 grams and 9 grams of fat as against 5 gram from chickens

Also turkey eggs contain more cholesterol than chickens, almost double the amount of cholesterol you get from chickens

One thing you should know is that turkey eggs are extremely difficult to find which makes them very expensive.

The price of turkey eggs are usually around $3 per egg or $36 per dozen.

From experience and doing some research, turkeys lay about 100 eggs a year and when you do your calculation, you can see that selling turkey eggs is a cool way to make some extra money for yourself.

2. Sell it’s meat

Another way to make money raising turkeys is to raise and sell the meat.

Turkey is a very rich source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6 and the amino acid tryptophan. 

Apart from these nutrients, it also contains zinc and vitamin B12. 

The skinless white meat of turkey is low on fat and is an excellent source of high protein.

Turkey also contains anti-cancer properties. It is a very good source of the trace mineral selenium, which is an essential component required for thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defence systems, and immune function. 

Scientific studies have suggested that selenium intake can bring down cancer incidence.

According to this website, turkey meat sell for anything from $2 to $10 per kg and can go as high as $20 per kg during festive periods

So if you are looking for a sure way to make some income, then you can start raising turkeys to sell for their meat.

3. Sell day old turkeys or poults

While most people will want to raise turkeys and sell them for their meat when they have matured, what you can do is to sell them while they are still small

Poults are simply baby turkeys and due to the rich vitamins and minerals present in turkey meat. Poults are in high demand for farmers looking to raise them

This is where you come in and sell it to them

Most people usually do not want the hassle and stress of hatching baby turkeys. So your job is to find such people and then sell them poults at a tidy profit.

Baby turkeys usually go for anywhere from $3 to $20 but you sell at a higher price if you can guarantee the gender of your bird and the breed.

4. Sell turkey feathers

One genius way to make money from your birds is to sell their feathers after you have killed them and sold their meat.

Turkey feathers are beautiful ornaments and can be used to make crafts and artworks that sell for a lot of money.

There are lots of people out there who use turkey feathers to make crafts and designs and will be willing to buy them off you

So the next time you raise turkeys and then sell them for their meat, make sure you are not discarding the feathers as this can be sold for a tidy profit too.

While doing the research for this article, I saw that turkey feathers can be sold as high as $15.

5. Sell turkey photos

If you really want to get creative and make some money with your birds, then one sure way is to take pictures of them and sell online

Sites such as getty images and deposit photos pay people for uploading pictures on their platform.

And one thing I have noticed is that there are not enough unique turkey photos out there for writers and creators to use.

So if you can fill that need and step in with pictures of your birds, then you can make some recurring income online simply with your phones.

6. Sell turkey poop as manure

You can also make some money by selling turkey poop as manure to other farmers to plant their crops.

This natural soil amendment is very rich on nitrogen and once aged for a few weeks is very good for growing plants and backyard herbs or shrubs

So make sure you gather everything that collects under your turkey’s coop and sell them to organic gardener’s nearby.

7. Write about turkeys online

Lastly, as someone who has a lot of experience and information about how to raise turkeys, you can make some money by starting a blog or website.

Whether you monetize a small blog about your turkey’s adventures or write how-to guides for WikiHow or other paid websites, there’s likely a market for your turkey expertise.

As by writing down your experience about raising turkeys and everything you know, you also get to build a community of people who look up to you and trust your expertise.

You can then easily monetize this and make some money for yourself.

8. Make and sell turkey coops

Maybe you’re good with your hands and looking to profit off other people’s interest in raising turkeys. 

If so, you might make money building and selling homemade turkey coops and houses.

There’s a real market for cute coops that match people’s homes, so offering custom-built coops provides an option chicken lovers can’t find elsewhere. 

If you tap into the right market, you can sell homemade coops for hundreds of dollars each.

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About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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