Hello! I have been thinking about getting turkeys and have a few questions...
Right now, I have chickens, ducks, and peacocks, all free range. They all get along fairly well (although one drake and peacock have some rough fights every now and then) but I got them all when they were young and they were all raised around each other. I'm not sure how they would feel with a new mystery species among them. What is the best way to integrate them together?
I plan on free ranging them but what is the best set up for letting them grow up a bit first? My ducks have a simple pen made out of T posts and 2x4 welded wire and a perch (where my peacocks grew up before being free ranged), would something like this work? Or should I build them an actual coop?
What breed is best for free ranging? Eggs? Meat? I would like to raise some for thanksgiving time but I don't want to buy them each year, so I will save some for eggs. And if I can hatch some to sell to offset the cost, that would be ideal.
Where is the best place to get poults? Any places I should avoid? And will I have to wait until spring to get any? Any of you willing to sell some hatching eggs?
And, I just acquired 5 more acres next to me (9 total), which are covered in pines and none of my birds venture over there now. If I clear the pines, how can I encourage the turkeys to hang out there, instead of closer to the house. I'm having a hard time deciding if it would be worth the effort to build their enclosure in the new property to kind of keep them separated from the other birds. If they are just going to hang around the house, I would rather just make their enclosure there so I don't have to walk so much for maintenance/feeding...
Sorry for so many questions, I just wasn't coming up with many answers when I did searches on here...Thank you for any input!