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Turkey Nesting Boxes?? Please Advise

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What do your turkeys lay eggs in or set on eggs in?  My turkeys lay eggs in the chicken's nesting boxes but I think that the chicken nesting boxes are too small.  Can anyone post pics of the nesting boxes that your turkeys lay and set in?  I have a turkey setting on eggs in a nesting box for the chickens and her tail is sticking out but she is till setting on the eggs.  Do you all think that regular chicken nesting boxes are too small or ok for turkeys?  Should I build larger nesting boxes for my turkey hens?

NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #2 of 8

I use large cat carriers. They are easy to clean. I bolt them down so they don't flip over.

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Originally Posted by Tunastopper 

I use large cat carriers. They are easy to clean. I bolt them down so they don't flip over.


So are the pet carriers on the ground?  Are they in a chicken house/shed/ etc?  Where are they located so that the turkeys are safe from predators?

NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #4 of 8

Mine are raised off the ground about 4 1/2 ft. Turkeys are ground layers but for some reason mine like the nest boxes that I already had for my chickens that where raised. If I have low ones they always choose the upper ones. Mine are in a barn. I also have stairs that go up to the nest boxes.


Edited by Tunastopper - 8/17/10 at 9:08am
post #5 of 8

If you don't like those ideas, I always thought the pictures on Holderreads waterfowl next boxes would work good for turkeys too. http://holderreadfarm.com/photogallery/nests_page/nests.htm

post #6 of 8

Ours are 18 to 24 inches square and in the houses they are on the  floor on the back wall. The top is angled down towards the front so you can scrape the poo off easier.

On the range roosts they are the same size but towards the back.

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg37/sandspoultry/misc/RangeRoost.jpg

Steve


Edited by Steve_of_sandspoultry - 8/17/10 at 9:59am
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Originally Posted by Steve_of_sandspoultry 

Ours are 18 to 24 inches square and in the houses they are on the  floor on the back wall. The top is angled down towards the front so you can scrape the poo off easier.

On the range roosts they are the same size but towards the back.

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg37/sandspoultry/misc/RangeRoost.jpg

Steve


WOW STEVE !!! I love your set up!  I hope that you don't mind, but I would like to build mine just like yours.  I have someone that all I do is show them a picture and they can build me the same thing or close to it.  If I were a turkey, I would love that set up Steve.

Good job !

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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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NPIP Certified -115 Chickens, 19 Geese, 19 BR Turkeys, 7 Rabbits, 120 Muscovy Ducks , 9 Guineas, 9 Peafowl, 8 sheep, 1 Goat and currently have 100 broilers to be processed March 2014.  And it's broody/hatching season all over again for 2014.
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post #8 of 8

It works good, we had to put the cinder blocks in the front so the fat butt Cochins could get up in there. About a year ago we had an owl figure out there was food in there at night. Couldn't ever figure out if it was flying in under the roof and grabbing them or if the cochins were just jumping off and getting eaten. We had to put sides on it and covered half the front, that stopped that. The back is hinged to get in the nest boxes but I made it one piece. As a do over I would put a door over each nest box. Feel free to use the design, that's what I did a saw a picture of one like that and went from there. We built a bigger one for the Bronze turkeys and added a front porch so the feeder wasn't right under the roosts.


http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg37/sandspoultry/misc/Bigrangeroostunderconstruction.jpg


http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg37/sandspoultry/misc/Bigrangeroostclosedin.jpg


Steve

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