Coop space

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by bowen012, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. bowen012

    bowen012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Considering getting a Red Bourbon trio and just wondering how much coop space they need?
     
  2. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Are you building something new, just for them, or combining with other birds??

    I house all my turkeys separately from my chickens. The house for the trio is 5 x 7 , about 12 sq ft per bird. With a roost. The hens use the roost, the male is too big to get up there.

    For another group, we built a big pen as an add on to there coop-- about 100 by 35 ish. 3 sides are tall 4-5 feet, so they hop over the short side about 3 into another pen, walk to the bottom of the hill and congregate there all day!!

    My 3 mo poults run far and wide and ignore all fencing.
     
  3. bowen012

    bowen012 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was hoping to house them in my now unused chicken coop (8x4); but if the space isn't sufficient I can do some building.
     
  4. frank53061

    frank53061 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If that's what you have use it I have a 4x8 coop that I use for 12 BR Turkeys because that's what I had I put roost 2 ft high and it gives them even more room.
    I have to clean it out every 2 weeks but I think of it this way there only in there to sleep there put up at dark and let out first thing in the morning.
    I deal with the heat and cold by having a expanded aluminum screen door for them for the warmer months to allow good ventilation and in the winter a solid door plus I drilled about 50 1 inch holes in the sides of the coop for ventilation as well.
    I have a 30 by 40 foot pen for them when they are not allowed to free range and they free range often.
    So with only 3 Turkeys that's what I would do.

    Its hard to keep only one Tom tho.
    Sickness or predators for some reason will get the one and only Tom a good percentage of the time then your left with no way to reproduce.
    My target number was 5 Hens and 2 Toms but still I have more than I want O Well better to have to many than not enough I say.

    Good Luck
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2013
  5. Flowers of Abba

    Flowers of Abba Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I realize this post is old but I hope you receive notification of my quote. Is your 30x40 foot yard small enough to keep the hens from flying out. I had read they need a bit of running space to clear a 6 ft fence?
    Thanks..
     
  6. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My heritage birds if they wanted to could clear a 6 foot fence from a stand still.

    My pens are 6 foot tall panels covered. And one of the tons I don't have in the pens will roost on top every night.
     

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