Help - Can you identify this turkey breed?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Goronson Chicks, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Goronson Chicks

    Goronson Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I will.

    No we think he was watching us from the woods for about 10 days to 2 weeks based on our Guinea Hens reactions to something. So, I sent a video of him to the warden who said he must be domesticated and then suggested one farm where he might come from and suggested I also call the animal control officer to see if he could think of anyone else. I also asked Warden what radius to search in and he said a mile, probably less. I also called Animal Control Officer and between the two of them they suggested 3 farms. Checked all of them and two other places as well and talked to the neighbors. No one owned him.

    We leave him free in the daytime so he is free to come and go as he pleases. He could easily return to where he came from. Maybe this is just a lark for him but he follows me and my husband around like a dog and has taken to greeting my mother's nurse in the driveway and accompanying her to the door.

    At this point I'm sorta hoping he doesn't go back because I've grown attached to him. We're planing housing for him and close him up in the run at night to keep him safe from the coyotes.
    Maureen
     
  2. Goronson Chicks

    Goronson Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very nice. Is there a roof? What do they do in winter in deep snow? Are they also sleeping in the dog crate? What does the separate shed look like, and, how tall and what is the square floor footage?
    Thanks
    Maureen
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    My shed is 10x12, holds up to 15, which I have, sand for flooring, feeds inside, roosts at 3, 4, and 6 feet. The dog house is used by some hens to lay in, my run used to be covered with deer netting but it would collapse in heavy snow, we are switching it over to electric fence wire strung every foot as a visual barrier.

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    Front and back, I can get inside tomorrow if you wish, mine go inside only at night and really bad weather. In the winter I put down hay in the run for them to stand on and pick through.
     
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  4. Goronson Chicks

    Goronson Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's quite nice and neat, which is what we did for our chickens. not sure how we'll pull that off for this winter, but we are scrambling. Yes, photos from inside - just when you have time. And did you insulate the shed for them?

    Is there a best recommended feed? I buy Poulin for our chickens.
    Maureen :))
     
  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    I buy sprout all flock, from fleet farm, which probably only makes sense if you live in Wisconsin or Minnesota. It's a pellet that I feed to my turkeys,duck and chickens. It is a nice shed, I'm lucky I just tell my husband what I want and we build it. It's not insulated, most poultry require a wind break and a roof, insulating is unnecessary as I'm not trying to keep a warm shed, the turkeys keep themselves warm. They stay outside a lot, and are really hardy after the first few weeks of life.
     
  6. Goronson Chicks

    Goronson Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, it's very nice. This weekend I will send you photos of our 2 chicken coops. My husband, bless his heart, wired up a chandelier for one of them, but I think we are slower building than you two and Tommy is just one turkey and maybe he will get cold? Do you think we need to get him a girl now or could we wait until spring?
    Maureen
     
  7. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

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    Of course turkeys like company, but whenever you can find someone for him he would probably appreciate it, though I'm sure he'll be fine until spring as well. Don't worry about him being cold, it has to get really cold before mine go in their shed, like -30--40, then they just hunker down on the roosts.

    Perhaps if your chicken coops have a place for a temporary pen for him he would have company, I keep mine separate from the chickens because in a flock they can gang up on chickens, but as a single one he may just hang with them.
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

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  9. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    Very nice!
     
  10. feistychick

    feistychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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