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post #1 of 4 Old 05-23-2014, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Turkeys? Gobble gobble

Poultry experts, I need your wisdom!

We have 4 chickens currently (was 5, but last summer our Australorp got nabbed by a coyote) in a fenced grass area with a movable a-frame chicken coop. We are interested in getting 2 turkey poults to finish out for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, but we know they won't be able to roost in the A frame's roosting area.
What height to turkeys roost at and how much space would we need for 2?
Also, would 4 hens beat up 2 turkey poults?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-23-2014, 02:49 PM
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I would keep the turkeys separate from the chickens from start to finish. IME they will fight. I don't remember our turkeys roosting at all. They wander around and roll in the dirt, scratch out a home and sit there.
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Space--ours were free range to keep them away from the chickens so I can't say from experience. It depends on your POV and how much room you have though. I've seen them raised in 6 sq ft per, but if I had to lock them up I'd probably go a minimum of 25 for the two of them.
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Ok, we currently have like 40+ chicks ( a bunch of eggs just hatched) and 3 adult hens and 1 adult rooster. We also have 1 turkey poult and a hen turkey and a tom turkey. you dont want to put your turkey poult in with your chickens because chickens carry a disease that will kill baby turkeys. Our turkeys will roost/ sleep on the ground if there is nothing avalible for them to roost on. And basically they will roost on anything as long as their is enough room above them so they can fly up their and stand up. I would say a 8x10 area is fairly big enough area for 2 turkeys as long as you guys feed and water them every day.
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