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can turkeys be confined by 4' fence

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by irf1983, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. irf1983

    irf1983 Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Brooksville, FL
    I'd like to pen off an area to range a few midget whites. Would a 4' field fence be enough to keep them contained? Thanks!??

  2. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Songster

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    probably...if you clip a wing and the fence has nothing solid across the top for them to jump onto. Depending on the investment in the turkeys and the abundance of predators in your area, it might be safer to go a little higher. If you have a contained flock and one ges out, its not going anywhere. It will want to get back in. The question is how long will it last outside... If you don't clip a wing, a 10 ft fence isn't high enough on a windy day [​IMG]
  3. nivtup

    nivtup Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    I don't know about midget whites..........

    The turkeys we have had would only be in a 4 ft fence for seconds.

    Think netting over the top.
  4. Barry

    Barry Songster

    Quote:Agreed, but netting is only to keep them in. If you need to keep out predators you need something stronger on top of the run.
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    You will need a top on a 4ft fence to keep a turkey in.
  6. HatchingFever

    HatchingFever Songster

    Feb 8, 2011
    clip one wing and yes
  7. Frosty

    Frosty Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    I clipped one wing on some 5 month old Broad Breasted turkeys and they still got up on a 6' fence so I'm going to say you'll need a cover. Unless the fenced area is large enough and they are happy in the area...

  8. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    tioga tx
    No way no how, if they want out they will get out. give them treats the same time of day morning and night they will have something to stick around for. Oh yeah keep the kids and dogs from chasing them. Once they get used to the hand that feeds they become a lot like chickens in that they hang out with their set and wait on dinner. IMHO:D

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