Turkeys are generally kept either in large, windowless broiler sheds or in pole barns which are netted on one side and have natural light and ventilation. A small number of turkeys are produced free-range. Broiler sheds contain flocks of around 10,000 birds housed on litter (usually wood shavings).
Turkeys are slaughtered at between 12 and 26 weeks, depending on the size of bird being produced. The natural lifespan of a turkey is around 10 years.
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