Edited by duluthralphie - 1/26/16 at 6:41am
Originally Posted by memphis
So Ralph...do you have all your breeding pen complete now? When are you separating them into pairs/trios /quads. Nope. I went outside to the shed and worked on them yesterday I am building 2 at once as they are 4x4 (well actually 3'8" x 4) and when building with 4x8 sheets it works well to do two at once. They are about 70% done.
BUT I got distracted, whining dogs, need for coffee and stuff like that. First my old dog wanted to go into the house so I had to walk her back to the house locke her in her kennel and have coffee.. Then a little while later the younger dog starting whining about being outside in the cold. So back to the house coffee and kennel all over.. And reading BYC..
Then I did a few things in the house and went back out, but it had gotten raw outside. SO it was back in and change into my insulated clothing. I worked on the coops a little more and decided to get some other needed things done.
The Speckled Sussex did not have light in their coop, so I added a light to it, Then I added a light to the toads coop.(Bert Jr's) that did not go as smooth as I had envisioned....
I put the turkey hens in with the creamettes the other day and decided the chicken door was not big enough for turkeys so I enlarged it. I had half a dozen turkeys in it last night, so I did good there.
My worry is the light in there will throw them into early egg laying. Of course the whole time I was working outside I had 7 turkey toms helping me or sitting watching me. They seem to have forgotten what belly buttons they were to me the day before. After removing the hens the Toms are way better behaved. They did go to the hens pen and show off for them, but not for all that long.
I am trying to figure out how large a run the turkey breeding pens need to be. The coops will be fine. I plan to put a nest in the house, one for each hen. a small 18 inch by 2ft or so on the floor with an entrance the Tom cannot get through. the most any Tom will have will be 3 hens. So the largest coop will only be 4x8.. They will have to be happy roosting a foot off the ground. I will move the Toms out as soon as I know the hens are fertile,,and then drive Mr T way back to Holm!
I have a BIL about halfway there so I am hoping I can con him into making the drive with me. He is a poultry person too.
Maybe Dheltzel will post pics of those mottled....hoping!
I hope so too! Dheltzel, do the mottled sell well?