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Turkey housing for cold climates?

post #1 of 8
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Hi,

I ordered a few BR turkey poults and need to build them a coop.  What type of housing do they need for overwintering in cold climates? 

The wild turkeys and quail hang around all winter just a half mile south of my house, so I wasn't sure if turkeys will need an enclosed coop or if they can roost in a three sided shed (with a wire front to keep predators out).  If so, I could convert one of my existing run-in sheds.

Thanks!
Michelle

4 horses, 2 cows, 3 dogs, 12 chickens, 5 turkeys.
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post #2 of 8

Try to give them somewhere with draft protection.  I'm in North Dakota, I usually put them in with the chickens for the winter so that I only need to have one water heater.

post #3 of 8
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Thanks Frosty. 

Do you heat your chicken house?  Any idea how many sq. feet per bird you end up with? 

I am not sure if turkeys will fit in the henhouse (based on # of birds).  Converting the unused run-in shed would give me a lot more room.

Cheers,
Michelle

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post #4 of 8

I don't heat any of the buildings, but the hen house is insulated.  My hen house is something like 10' x 20', there is a 12' x 12' outdoor run attached that they can access 24/7.  I had about 40 hens and 4 turkeys in there.  It was a little more crowded than I liked, but they all had water available all winter.

post #5 of 8

My Turkeys just sleep on the fence outside(I can't get them in the coop, they just wont go).

They don't care how cold it is, -40 and they still sit out there........

I guess if the wild turkeys can do it so can they.

Boothcreek Ranch

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Boothcreek Ranch

proud breeder of LF Leghorns(Black,Partridge/Blue Part, Buff, Silver), LF Black Australorps, LF Ameraucanas(B/B/S, Buff, Silver), Pilgrim Geese, Muscovy Ducks(B/B, Choc), Australian Spotted Ducks, Cortunix Quail(Gold, Wild, Tux, Rosetta- also avail in blue/silver, whites), Ringneck Pheasants, French Red Leg Partridges and Black Shoulder Peafowl. Striving for Exhibition type

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post #6 of 8

My wild turkeys just have 4ft roosts in there flight pens, game comission dont req pens for wilds.

Have wilds for almost 5 years they do just great in the winter..however ours all have heated waters which they seem to really like the warm water in winter..

Charlie

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post #7 of 8
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Thanks - sounds like I better just put a wire front on it for summer and see if they will go in at night.  No sense in doing a lot of work to fix them up an insulated building if they won't go in!

Cheers,
Michelle

4 horses, 2 cows, 3 dogs, 12 chickens, 5 turkeys.
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post #8 of 8

3 sided shelter to get them out of the wind and wet.  Fence that is predator proof.

Mine mostly sleep in the trees all winter. I could chase them in before they roost. Did it for 2 years but finally gave up.
Some do go into a tarped pen to roost. One goes into the chicken coop.

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