What Do Turkeys Eat? (21 Foods Ranked and Reviewed)

If you are a poultry farmer and you keep birds, most especially turkeys then you should read this article to the end.

This is because as poultry farmers, you want to know what is okay to feed turkeys with and what they like as treats.

In this article I will be showing you a huge list of foods and treats that you can use to feed turkeys, showing you the health benefits of each and special treats recipes that you can use when feeding them.

Tips for Feeding Turkeys

What Do Turkeys Eat

Before we look at the different foods and treats that you can use to feed turkeys, let’s see some tips on how to feed them properly.

  • Do not feed them if they appear uninterested or they walk away from their food. This is because you want to avoid pests and unwanted rodents coming around your birds.
  • Avoid overfeeding them as too much food can cause health problems
  • Make sure what ever food you are feeding them are cut into small bits and sizes as ducks usually have a problem chewing large food
  • Make sure you dispose of all litter and garbage after feeding them to avoid any health or sickness issues
  • lastly be aware of local laws and ordinances when it comes to feeding turkeys to avoid facing fines and penalties.

1. Tomatoes

Benefits: Tomatoes contains antioxidants, vitamins and fiber that are essential for the health of turkeys.

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2. Rice

Benefits: Rice contains carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and proteins for the growth and well being of turkeys.

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3. Quinoa

Quinoa is a staple food that has recently become popular with humans and some poultry owners due to its high nutrient content.

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4. Raspberry

Turkeys love to eat most berries including and not limited to raspberries, strawberries, blueberries to mention a few.

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5. Raisins

Raisins are basically dried grapes and naturally the nutritional value gotten from raisins is similar to that of grapes.

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6. Radishes

It is not a surprise that radishes are safe for turkeys to eat as it is healthy and safe for them to eat.

Radishes provide a number of health benefits including water and vitamins to your turkeys.

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7. Strawberries

Turkeys are fond of berries and most fruits and strawberries are definitely on their list of favorite treats.

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8. Lettuce

Turkeys can eat lettuce. Lettuce is an excellent supplement to their diet.

Additionally, because these birds are bred to be large, extra greens and roughage should be provided for their consumption.

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9. Oat

Yes, turkeys can eat oats. Oats are healthy feeds for turkeys and they adore oats. 

Oats are species of grains grown for their seed. Although they are consumed by humans, they were commonly used as livestock feed. 

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10. Kiwi

Turkeys can certainly eat kiwi. Kiwi isn’t only safe for turkeys; it also provides lots of health benefits to these birds.

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11. Kale

Kale is a super-nutritious vegetable that is high in protein. It is part of a group of cabbage varieties grown for their edible leaves, though some are also used as ornamentals.

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12. Nuts

Yes, Turkeys can eat a variety of nuts. Turkey’s are quite fond of nuts. They would quickly consume any type of nuts such as beechnuts, pecans, hickory nuts, acorns, and many more. 

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13. Pumpkin

Turkey eats pumpkin. Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are found in abundance.

Beta carotene, potassium, and fiber are just a few of the essential components found in this food group.

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14. Potatoes

Potatoes, in general, are not harmful to turkeys. Indeed, potatoes are a nutritious treat that your flock will undoubtedly enjoy.

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15. Pineapples

Pineapple is safe for turkeys to eat. However, it is a sweeter and more sugary fruit, so enjoy it only as a special event.

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16. Peaches

Peaches are edible to turkeys. They are attracted to the fruit’s pleasant aroma.

Apart from being delicious, peaches are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, as well as a variety of other nutrients beneficial to turkeys.

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17. Oranges

Oranges contain other healthy nutrients, such as fiber, potassium, and a range of minerals that are good for turkeys.

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18. Apples

Turkeys can eat apples just like most fruits on their lists. Not only is it delicious, it is nutrient packed and super healthy for them.

The saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away also applies to the turkeys. 

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19. Acorns

Acorns are a favorite of turkeys, especially wild turkeys.

After summer, as fall closes in and other food sources begin to dwindle, turkeys and other wildlife turn to acorns as their major food source all through winter.

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20. Corn

Corn is healthy and nutritious for turkeys and as a turkey owner it is something you should consider adding to their diet.

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21. Meat

Most of their diet comes from grains, seeds, fruits and nuts but they eat small animals too.

So yes, turkeys do eat meat. Turkeys forage a lot, even domestic ones. 

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22. Ticks

Turkeys also enjoy eating parasites like ticks. There is no evidence that they seek them out, but turkeys will eat ticks if they find them.

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23. Bread

Yes, turkeys can eat bread. If you love to eat bread and you’re wondering if it’s okay to share your favorite meal with your turkeys, it’s perfectly fine

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24. Grapes

Yes, turkeys eat grapes, and not only do they enjoy eating grapes, it is very beneficial to their health as it is packed with nutrients.

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25. Watermelon

Watermelons are one of the fruits turkeys enjoy the most.

They find them quite tasty and easy to eat because they are soft and juicy.

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26. Carrots

Not only do turkeys enjoy eating carrots, carrots are healthy and packed with nutrients that helps them grow well.

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27. Chicken Feed

Feeding turkeys chicken feed will not necessarily harm them but it will not give them the necessary nutrients they need to grow. 

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28. Cucumber

Turkeys can eat cucumber, it is a totally safe green and nutrient packed vegetable for turkeys.

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29. Celery

Turkeys will eat anything they come across and this includes most vegetables and plants so they can eat celery.

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30. Bananas

Turkeys can eat bananas and it is in fact one of their favorite snacks especially when it is cut into small pieces.

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31. Eggs

Turkeys enjoy eggs, and they will eat all sections of an egg, uncooked or cooked. In addition, turkeys benefit from egg treats since they are high in protein and calcium.

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32. Vegetables

Turkeys appreciate a wide array of foods, whether they are from your garden, your fridge, or your local grocery stores produce trimmings.

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33. Wheat

Wheat may certainly be consumed by turkeys; it is a nutritious grain that is beneficial to both people and turkeys.

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Written by 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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