Advice for escaping turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by SIMZ, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    Being frequently greeted by turkey escapees was amusing and endearing for a few weeks, but now it's gotten old. [​IMG]

    Their wings are clipped, but they seem to have no trouble getting over the 4 foot fences into the other pens or out of the fence entirely. Do I need to cover their pen or will a higher fence do the trick?

  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I'd cover if feasible and economical - that way things that would hurt your turkeys are less likely to get in!
  3. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Songster

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    If you only clip one wing, they will have a hard time getting over a six foot fence. A four foot fence may still be jumpable. A higher fence, or a covered fence, will also deter more predators. A little electricity also helps (keep predators out, not keep turkeys in.)
  4. sashacat

    sashacat Chirping

    Sep 7, 2011
    I clipped one wing on all mine. 6 foot fence is still not a problem. The covered run is the only place I can count on them staying put. Tho as my RP toms get bigger they don't get as much "lift", lol
  5. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    They're 3 month old Midget Whites, so they're still pretty small. They're jumping unto the low end of the coop and then coasting right over the fence from there (or into the chicken's side). Since the fence they're getting over can't be moved back we may have to cover that area with something so I can be sure they'll stay in when I'm not home.

    Although, they'll probably end up getting on top of the covering if I don't do the entire run. Then they'll stand up there peeping with no idea how to get back down. They get themselves in the craziest situations! [​IMG]
  6. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I ended up putting some old wire cattle panels over my 16 x 16 x 8 pen. Mine figured out how to get out of the poultry netting. [​IMG]

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