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What would the square footage be for heritage breed turkeys if they are cooped full time?

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NPIP # 64-1310- Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Silver Laced Wyandottes, White Silkies, White Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Gold Laced Polish, Silver Laced Polish, Delewares, Gold and Silver Sebrights, Blue Silkies, Mille Fluer d'Uccles, 1 Black Lab, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Loving Wife and Three wonderful kids. What more could you ask for (except more chickens)?
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post #2 of 16

I would think that might differ depending on how many bird your talking about and how many Toms.

post #3 of 16
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Plan on 8 hens and 2 toms. Bourbon Reds, Royal Palms, Slates, Chocolates, Naraganssetts to start with. Would a 12'x12'x8' tall work?

NPIP # 64-1310- Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Silver Laced Wyandottes, White Silkies, White Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Gold Laced Polish, Silver Laced Polish, Delewares, Gold and Silver Sebrights, Blue Silkies, Mille Fluer d'Uccles, 1 Black Lab, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Loving Wife and Three wonderful kids. What more could you ask for (except more chickens)?
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NPIP # 64-1310- Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Silver Laced Wyandottes, White Silkies, White Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Gold Laced Polish, Silver Laced Polish, Delewares, Gold and Silver Sebrights, Blue Silkies, Mille Fluer d'Uccles, 1 Black Lab, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Loving Wife and Three wonderful kids. What more could you ask for (except more chickens)?
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post #4 of 16

The more space you can give them the better. I would say at least 4 to 5 square feet per bird. 12 x 12 is pretty small for 10 birds that would give you 144 square feet - if you use 5 square feet that would give you 250 square feet, turkeys poop alot so that will pile up quick and unless it's totaly covered they will churn that into mud hole after the first good rain. That's not healthy for them at all. Plus in the summer time they really need the extra space to keep cool in the south.

Steve


Edited by Steve_of_sandspoultry - 6/14/10 at 9:10am
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by SED 

Plan on 8 hens and 2 toms. Bourbon Reds, Royal Palms, Slates, Chocolates, Naraganssetts to start with. Would a 12'x12'x8' tall work?


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Originally Posted by Steve_of_sandspoultry 

The more space you can give them the better. I would say at least 4 to 5 square feet per bird. 12 x 12 is pretty small for 10 birds that would give you 144 square feet - if you use 5 square feet that would give you 250 square feet, turkeys poop alot so that will pile up quick and unless it's totaly covered they will churn that into mud hole after the first good rain. That's not healthy for them at all. Plus in the summer time they really need the extra space to keep cool in the south.

Steve


I have read large chickens like orpingtons and sussex need 4 square feet per bird. Wouldn't a turkey twice as big as a large chicken need twice as much space, like 8 to 10 square feet per bird?

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post #7 of 16

There are all different spaces listed depending on where you look.

That's why I said in the first sentence of my reply

The more space you can give them the better.


Steve

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Originally Posted by Steve_of_sandspoultry 

The more space you can give them the better. I would say at least 4 to 5 square feet per bird. 12 x 12 is pretty small for 10 birds that would give you 144 square feet - if you use 5 square feet that would give you 250 square feet, turkeys poop alot so that will pile up quick and unless it's totaly covered they will churn that into mud hole after the first good rain. T
Steve


Hi Steve!

You always have such good advice!  I'm a little confused here, can you help?  When you say five square feet, do you mean five feet, squared?  (An area five feet wide and five feet long?)  'Cause wouldn't that be 25 square feet per bird?  I'm hoping it is okay to temporarily house them in less space for a weekend out of town -- they aren't ready (in my opinion) to move into the big chicken coop and run yet.  I have 7 birds, they'll be 8 weeks old.

Thanks!

post #9 of 16

You are correct Pat, 5 feet square

Steve

post #10 of 16
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So it would be a minimum of 25 square feet per bird. So a 12x12 would need to house a maximum of 6 turkeys. Would 1 tom cover 5 hens pretty well?

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NPIP # 64-1310- Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Silver Laced Wyandottes, White Silkies, White Rocks, Speckled Sussex, Gold Laced Wyandottes, Gold Laced Polish, Silver Laced Polish, Delewares, Gold and Silver Sebrights, Blue Silkies, Mille Fluer d'Uccles, 1 Black Lab, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Loving Wife and Three wonderful kids. What more could you ask for (except more chickens)?
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