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post #11 of 16
Turkey poults are fragile for the first week or two, than after that they become more hardy and active. That's when I would move them. You will learn on the fly what works best for you and how you want to manage them. It will be lots of fun.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
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post #12 of 16

Old Hen,

 

What type of turkeys do you raise?

post #13 of 16
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Old Hen,

What type of turkeys do you raise?
I have a mix of varieties, they are all heritage. I currently have 15, 10 hens and 5 toms, 3 mature and two younger ones who may not stick around.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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I have a mix of varieties, they are all heritage. I currently have 15, 10 hens and 5 toms, 3 mature and two younger ones who may not stick around.

 



Hey hen,

Do the girls only get broody in the spring? Since I have only raised coturnix quail so far I have no experience with broodiness. Just wondering what I should look for when the time comes. Also do they need net boxes? I know chickens do, but quail dont. I thought Turkeys do, but I wasnt sure.
post #15 of 16
All my hens have a broody contagion right now.

With the exception of a couple all of my hens go broody at least once in the spring if not twice.

What I use for nest boxes is big dog houses. Mine prefer the big igloo type but I only have two of those. The rest are the pet mate large dog houses.

But I have too keep my girls locked up or they will find a secretive place to nest and if I don't find them they become predators lunch.
post #16 of 16
Mine go broody on and off until fall. They nest in a doghouse, on the ground in tall grass and even in the corners in the shed, once they pick a spot they want only that spot. They don't seem too picky where it is. They do get feisty when broody, so I carry a stick to push them off the nest and roll the eggs away. I get too many eggs and I don't want too many turkeys because then some would need butchering. I have set 8 blue slate eggs from Porter under my bantam hens, so I will have too many.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
Reply
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
Reply
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