A couple turkey questions

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by watchdogps, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am considering getting a few (6-10) turkeys to raise for dinner. I was wondering, could I use electric poultry netting? How high do I need (either electric or if that won't work, what does?) I would rather not build a permanent structure, but was planning to more a pen around, sort of tractor style.
    Also, if I get hens, are those any good for eating? I don't want to keep any, these would be strictly for meat.
     
  2. Carla7046

    Carla7046 New Egg

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    I can only help with your fence part of the question. Between 6-8 weeks old (depending on size)
    You might consider letting them free range if you don't want a permanent structure. They learn in about 3 days that just before dark they go back to their indoor living. They are very smart. I let my
    Flock of 30 out every A.M. And leave the door open to their indoor spot (they know it is their safety
    Spot, and will go in if they sense danger) they have 9 acres to free range, if you have a field let it grow high w/weeds, grass, it provides great cover for them while they are young. At first they stick pretty close to their safe spot, but they love to graze, chase bugs, and interact. They do not like extreme direct heat and need shade, & lots of fresh cold water in the heat. Within 2 weeks your birds
    Will be right by their indoor spot when it's close to dark. I started from day 1 with clapping my hands
    As I was pushing them towards their indoor spot. Now I just clap & they literally run in, it's so cute
    And shows that they really are very smart. That is for sure a very dumb old wives tale that says Turkeys are dumb and can drown in the rain. They are fun to raise, very social. I enjoy them more then chickens. I hope this helped.
     
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  3. watchdogps

    watchdogps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are moving, so I don't know the exact setting but right now it's between a 1 acre lot with a yard, but a fairly busy road and neighbors, or a heavily wooded area. Either way, not good for free range, UNLESS I know they will stay inside a 5 foot fence. if that's the case, they could have almost half an acre to roam.
     
  4. iron chicken

    iron chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, the hens a terrific for eating as well as the males.
     

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