Heritage Turkey

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by turkeyman, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. turkeyman

    turkeyman Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering which breed of heritage turkey can fly the best?
    In my experiance I think they fly the same.
     
  2. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess is the same. bump.
     
  3. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    the lightest ones will fly much better than the heaver birds.
    Our 1 wild eastern can and does fly straight up off the ground into the tree's 20 to 30 ft high with no problems..

    Charlie
     
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Our RP hen was a regular buzz bomb/tumbler pigeon of a turkey that would drop from a hickory or dive from the top of the chimney to land right next to us. The Slates and Royal tom were/are mere pedestrians. She would fly into and out of the run at will, the other turks never have.

    She never topped ten pounds soaking wet.

    We were very consistent about not allowing any of the turks to roost in trees (too many preds) and got them into their shed every evening during their first summer. Now, when we're able to let them free range, they line up and march off to their run about fifteen minutes before the chooks return to theirs. The turks go into their shed on their own and all we have to do is secure the door.

    Our neighbors did not train theirs and when I drive by their place at dusk, every high point (sat. dish/roof/deck railing/etc.) on their property appears to be capped by big feathered gargoyles (B.Spanish/Slate/BR/PP).
     
  5. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Quote:The Midget White hens get the most air in our flocks. They are the lightest so that is a major factor. Once the toms get some weight on them they pretty much stay on the ground.

    Steve in NC
     
  6. Quail_Antwerp

    Quail_Antwerp [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Mrs

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    my royal palms fly across the yard and straight up to the roofs of the coops. I am out there every evening getting them into their barn so they don't roost in trees.
     
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    why not let them roost in trees? They're safe up there.
     
  8. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raccoons can climb trees. So can feral cats, bobcats and mountain lions. Opossums can, too, but for some reason I just can't see them as a threat to a large turkey - they probably are.

    Turkeys freeze up at night like a chicken and are easy to snatch off of a limb. I wouldn't take the chance - especially during the fall and winter.
     
  9. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine fly to the top of a 40 foot tree and walk out onto a branch... not a place I can imagine any of those predators would go, even for a snack.
     
  10. turkeyman

    turkeyman Out Of The Brooder

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    What breed do you have?
     

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