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Any turkey breeds that CANNOT fly?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by mrrr0809, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. mrrr0809

    mrrr0809 Out Of The Brooder

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    We've free ranged our ducks for a few years but after seeing a dog come on our property that we didn't recognize, we've decided to fence them in. I also thought it would be wise to raise a few turkeys with them as well. The only fencing I'm doing will be a 4-5 foot horse/pasture fence, meaning even the slightest couple of successful wing flaps might get a turkey up and over the fence. Are any notorious for not being able to do so?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Broad breasted cannot fly, they also can't reproduce or live very long but are good for meat
     
  3. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    With turkeys, the main thing is to make sure that you do not have a top rail. A top rail is an inviting place to perch and they most often get down on the wrong side of the fence.

    When I have problems with heritage turkeys flying too often to undesired places, I clip the flight feathers of one wing. When the feathers grow back after the next molt it is like the turkeys forgot that they can fly.

    Good luck.
     
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  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    I tried clipping wings on my young birds and it doesn't work, I tried one wing and both wings, the hens especially were impossible to keep from going over fences, top rail or not. Turkeys older than a year or two don't fly as much and only the hens, but those young ones are trouble, at least for me.
     
  5. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Clipping both wings does not work. I know for a fact that properly clipping one wing prevents them from flying. Clipping flight feathers before they have their mature flight feathers is pointless. Nobody said anything about it stopping them from jumping over short fences.
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    Thanks but I know how to clip wings, and I'm not talking about short fences.
     

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