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feeding turkeys and boarder size?

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I've had chickens for two years now and decided to expand to turkeys. But finding detailed information on turkey is much more difficult then chickens:he 

~My biggest question right now is how big should I make my boarder to house 17 turkeys for 6 weeks?? I know they need more space then chickens but HOW much more? 

~Next is this chart attached: is this per day for two weeks? or total for two weeks per bird? I ask because when the birds get much older, i'd rather not just keep a full feeder out for them to help them selves too, i'd like to feed morning and night in the hutch so they always come back to the same spot. (I will be free ranging every two days and always have run available to them.)

 

(fyi I'm getting 5 midget whites and 12 standard bronze)

1 BC Maran roo named 'Chicken Hawk', 5 EE's and 5 BR's. RIP 'Dale' EE roo that went 'MIA'
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1 BC Maran roo named 'Chicken Hawk', 5 EE's and 5 BR's. RIP 'Dale' EE roo that went 'MIA'
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post #2 of 4

As I read it - "pounds per bird consumed during a two week period" - would be for the whole 2 weeks.

It will change dramatically per day as they grow.

 

This should help.

 

http://www.nap.edu/read/2114/chapter/5#36

 

You'll probably need 15 sq. ft. through 6 weeks.

ETA,

They are quite a bit harder to start than chickens. Poults aren't nearly as bright as chicks.

 

http://umaine.edu/publications/2187e/

 

https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/poulsci/tech_manuals/small_turkey_flock_management.pdf


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 3/10/16 at 8:59am

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post #3 of 4
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I read it the same way but I was 100% sure, thank you for the quick response! 15sq.ft. will make my husband happy since they'll be taking up space in his garage :)

1 BC Maran roo named 'Chicken Hawk', 5 EE's and 5 BR's. RIP 'Dale' EE roo that went 'MIA'
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1 BC Maran roo named 'Chicken Hawk', 5 EE's and 5 BR's. RIP 'Dale' EE roo that went 'MIA'
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post #4 of 4

They will need much more space after that.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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