at what age can I leave turkey poults (with daily 'sitter' visit)?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by patandchickens, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    I'm trying to figure out when we can go down and visit my family in PA for ten days this summer, and chicks etc are making the scheduling complex [​IMG] I have a very good horse-sitter who comes once daily to check/water/spray the horses, and take care of the chickens for me (she has some general vicarious type chicken experience). She is very detail oriented, but I don't want to saddle her with fragile things that need lots of TLC or are going to up and die on her.

    Because I can only afford her once a day, she can't open/close popdoors (everyone is stuck inside, they do have ample space and lots of green treats)

    I have 3 BBB turkey poults coming May 1 (along with various chicks). My plan is to keep them in a 4x6 indoor dog-kennel-building run once they are past the first few weeks (edited to clarify: until after my vacation. Then they start going outside). I can take down a divider to make it an 8x6 area when they get big. The chickens are in the same building but across the aisle.

    So the question is, at what age do you think the poults could safely be left this way, indoors in that pen, with once-daily care? (They can still have a lamp if necessary, but they can't have run access).

    Thanks for all opinions,

    Pat, asking *now* because it affects whether I do a May setting of eggs or not.
     
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2009
  2. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say after 4-5 weeks they will be pretty hardy by then and won't need much but heat feed and water.
     

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