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Coop/run size for single turkey?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by tboegel, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. tboegel

    tboegel Hatching

    Jun 8, 2016
    Northern California
    Looking for advice -- thanks in advance.

    The backstory: a stray domestic turkey has been in our suburban N. California neighborhood for the past week. It looks like a bourbon red. Nobody's claimed her, and she's becoming a nuisance for us. We've got chickens and a lot of raised beds, and so the turkey is attracted to our yard, eating the food that the chickens kick out of their run, and (unfortunately) eating our growing peppers/squash/potatoes/etc. in our raised beds. We need to figure out a way to keep the turkey from eating our crops.

    One possibility we're considering is just capturing and keeping the turkey (the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" option). We'd want to build a combined coop/run to keep the turkey -- having her just out in the backyard is not an option, since there's no feasible way to keep her out of the raised beds. We're not really looking to get additional turkeys -- the five chickens that we have are already enough livestock for us.

    Understandably, most of the plans that I see for keeping turkeys is for keeping many many turkeys. I'm wondering how much space we'd need to dedicate if we just wanted to have the one.

    Again, thanks!

  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    The simplest method to deal with your problem is to call Animal Control or as it is known here, Metro. They can come capture the turkey and remove it. Hopefully they can return it to its owner or if not then hopefully someone will adopt it.

    Some other things to think about is that turkeys are a flock bird and do not do well where they are the only one. It is very easy to become attached to a turkey becoming almost addictive in nature. I very much recommend against keeping a single turkey. Even on a small scale a single turkey needs about the same amount of space as does a trio of turkeys.

    I can sympathize with you over the damage a turkey can cause to a garden. Originally I fenced my garden with an 8' fence to keep deer out. That fence still remains but now it is to keep out the poultry.
  3. feedman77

    feedman77 Songster

    Jun 10, 2013
    Don't know how much room you have.

    But just for one turkey a 10x10 dog pen. With a tarp or cover over top.

    With roost bar at 2 ft. And large dog house would be more than sufficient.

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