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post #11 of 15 Old 07-15-2012, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I have 3 Turkeys in the garage. I figured in this dreadful heat at least I wouldn't have to worry about them getting cold. They're about a week old, I clipped the heat lamp at the far end and so far they happily shuffle around to the right temperature (at night they are under it during the horrid heat of the day, they go to the other end).

Much calmer and quieter than the brooder of chicks next to them, those noisy lil buggers are constantly squabbling and dumping their water.

I got a huge chicken coop off Craigslist for free, hubby and I are retrofitting it to raise the turkeys in. We are doubling the size of the enclosed run to make sure they have plenty of room.
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-15-2012, 01:09 PM
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Congrats turkey mom!
I can't remember if I mentioned this before... turkeys love any and all things shiny. Putting marbles in the feed at water for the first week or so can help them pick at them and eat and drink more if you don't think they are getting enough.
Once they are bigger though watch out for your rings, earings, glasses, shiny laces/rings on your shoes... etc. They are super curious and won't think a thing of trying to pluck out one of your earings or steal your glasses.
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-15-2012, 01:25 PM
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Ah Turkeys...my favorite xD

We have two Standard Bronze turkeys at the moment, a tom and a hen. They are housed in the same run as our peacock and peahen, and do fine. They really are fun to watch but you'd better believe that they're mean little buggars if they aren't socialized correctly! When we bought our hen she was only a few days old and we kept her in with our Frizzle chickens until she was 8 weeks old. She was handled daily and is still a sweetheart two years later. The tom though, is a different story. He was put into our turkey pen immediately by himself and we didn't really have time to bother with him much- and he's now 28 pounds of claws and beak!

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post #14 of 15 Old 07-15-2012, 11:32 PM
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Sheesh, I guess my tom got all the sissy genes. I started with 12 one-day-old Bourbon Red poults in a small brooder in the house. They were used to seeing me everyday through the various stages of brooder sizes and being moved outside, but I never really picked them up unless I was moving them.

I kept the nicest tom (by breed standards) along with just a few hens and he grew into a wondeful barnyard bird. Spoiled actually... he likes to have his legs hosed off (with the alpacas) when it is hot out, he comes when I call, when I go into the pasture to do something he comes over to visit and strut for me then follows me (at a respectable distance, so I don't trip over him) and if I am feeling patient he likes his neck scratched.
He will eat from my hands as will one of then hens and on the rare occasion I do pick him up he is very still and quiet in my arms, which is good because he is almost as big as me.
He even defened me one day against my then rooster who decided to attack me. 30lbs of turkey can move really fast when they want to.

One of the hens is very outgoing and likes to "help" whenever I am working around the barnyard or fixing fence. Gotta really watch her because she will steal tools or pluck things out of my back pockets.
The other turkey hens act like the chickens and everyone gets along most of the time.
Every once in a while, the tom and my muscovy drake duck will tussle to defend the honor of their girls after a hen/duck/chicken squabble gets started, but overall he is one of my favorite birds here. Him, along with a handful of special chickens will never ever see the inside of the oven or stew pot.
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-16-2012, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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The pigs (I mean Turkeys) are eating me out of house and home!

The feed store had them housed with chickens, so I think they taught my Turkeys the wonder of food/water because the second I put them in the brooder they went straight for the food/water (which they had only been away from for 20mins max!).

One has a funky wing, it sticks out and another has a lil injury on the back of his head that looks mostly healed. Very happy and unlike my baby chicks, they love to be held.
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