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  1. happymom99

    What size roost for turkey?

    Thank you for the tip on the straw bale. I definitely think he needs to be taught and given a chance to learn to roost. Last night I put a really low little small wooden outdoor side table in there and set him on it and he fell off. I actually happen to already have had a straw bale in there...
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    What size roost for turkey?

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    What size roost for turkey?

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    What size roost for turkey?

    I believe he is a barred black, based on what a helpful person on here told me. Here is Papi. He is our first turkey. We’ve just had him a week and we are enjoying him so much. We have him as a pet. I am trying to find him a couple of lady friends.
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    What size roost for turkey?

    Hello. I have a new to me 9 month old turkey and I’d like to put a roost up for him in his run. Should it be round or flat? What size diameter or width? Thank you!
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    If I get female turkeys that are a different heritage variety can they still breed or do they have to be the same variety?
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    That sounds great. I’m glad to hear this. It is similar to what I’m thinking we will need to do for my turkeys with this run. Good to hear it is a good solution. With mine, I think I will also need to attach hardware cloth to the bottom and bury it in the ground around the perimeter to keep it...
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    Wow. That is amazing. Regarding his breed, Does this mean he is not a heritage bird and I need to worry about his weight? Or is this still a heritage breed?
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    I can’t imagine my turkey jumping, much less flying. I am starting to think maybe my turkey is overweight? He just sorta waddles around. I think you might be right about the breed. He is black, but he does have barring and he does also have sort of bronze and green iridescence to his feathers...
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    Oh wow. Ok, so turkeys are cold hardy. We get a few nights a year they go to freezing. Yes, you hit the nail on the head about sun and wind. We get bad bad winds in the fall and some heat in the summer and fall. We are in fire country. Our predators are hawks and owls, which aren’t a concern...
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    How high are their roosts? Are they flat or round? How do they get up there? I can’t even imagine my turkey getting up onto a roost. He is just, I don’t know... big I guess. He moves very slow. He doesn’t fly at all.
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    R2elk - thank you so much for telling me! No wonder he doesn’t want to go in if it is too small. Poor guy!! I wonder if he would be happier just sleeping in the run, like you are saying yours do. Where do you live? I’m asking because I’m curious about the kind of weather you get. I live in...
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    Thank you!!! Yes, he sure is.
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    Here are some pics of Papi.
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    This is his coop and run and then he free ranges in our yard during the day. This is the coop and run he has had since he was a chick. We got him, his coop and his three chicken friends all together...
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    Yes, we will for sure do that once we find him his ladies. Hopefully soon.
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    I went to the feed store and they didn't have an all flock feed. They had turkey/game bird feed and that is what the feed store owner suggested. I hop I went to our feed store and they didn't have all flock feed. What he had, and what he suggested is a turkey/game bird feed. The protein...
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    I can’t let him stay outside in his run. It isn’t fully predator safe. I primarily worry about raccoons reaching in or coyotes digging under. Or bob cats digging in- but I don’t know if they do that.
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    Inside. But his previous owner would also guide him into his coop.
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    New to me Turkey - A few questions

    Oh! One more thing... he doesn’t go into his coop at night like the chickens do. He wants an escort. . Is this normal? It is funny now, and really easy to do, but I could see how guiding him across the yard, especially once he has lady friends too, every night could get old. Sometimes he will...
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