Broad bronze on wire or wood

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ajm438, Jul 22, 2016.

  1. ajm438

    ajm438 New Egg

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    Anyone have any input on broad bronze turkeys kept on 1/2x1" wire or any type of wooded slates? Also what do you like for perches? This is my setup [​IMG]
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  2. Turkey parents

    Turkey parents Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Because they get to be too heavy for their bodies BBB or any Broad Breasted Turkeys don't roost very well, but you can put a couple roosts down low so they can get to them
     
  3. ajm438

    ajm438 New Egg

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    What diameter roosts do you like?
     
  4. Turkey parents

    Turkey parents Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't use roosts I just stack some straw bales in the coop and let them set on that
     
  5. Turkey parents

    Turkey parents Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Other than the straw bales you can try 1/2-1 inch diameter roosts if need be, I built a couple for my heritage birds and they loved them our BB birds never had the balance to use them
     
  6. ajm438

    ajm438 New Egg

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    1/2x1" seems to thin, do you do it on the flat or 1/2" side up, also do you mean straw on the bottom, because straw hold moisture which breeds bacteria and respitory problems.
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  7. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    He was talking about 1/2" to 1" diameter which in my opinion is too small for turkeys whether broad breasted or heritage. I use poles that have a diameter of 3" to 4" for my turkey roosts.

    If you don't have too wide of a span you can use a 2"x4" with the wide side up. If the span is too wide you could support the 2"x4" in the middle.

    Good luck.
     
  8. ajm438

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    Thank you, i have a 2x4 with the 1.5" up so i will rotate it, since the pictures i added a sandbox for them and changed half the floor to 1.5" slats spaced 1/2" apart so they have varied surfaces to stand on
     
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    I use whole bales and just let the birds destroy them, 3-6 months I clean it out and use it for my garden. Green chile really seems to do good with all that extra fertilizer
     

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