How cold hardy are Royal Palms?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Schultz, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    I have two royal palm poults that will soon be moving out to a 6x8 coop by themselves. I'm not familier with raising Royals, and am not familier with raising turkeys in the winter. I usually raise BBB's in the summer but I fell in love with the Royals and wanted a couple of them for pets. This 6x8 x 8 tall coop is not insulated like my chicken coops. I looked all over trying to find out how cold hardy these birds are and couldn't find a thing. What is your experience with them? Should I insulate? Instinct tells me I need to but I have a lot going on right now and I'm not sure I have the time. [​IMG]
     
  2. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are as hardy as any heritage type... I give them shelter to get out of the weather but they still have access to outside and the building is uninsulated. I live in ND, temps can get down to -38 or so, never had problems (and wild turkeys manage fine unless their feed source is under a lot of snow). If it gets really cold you will need to either have a water heater or replace the ice with water often.
     
  3. Schultz

    Schultz CluckN'Crow Farm

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    -38!!!???? [​IMG] WOW! That's pretty freakin cold! BRRRR! No wonder your user name is Frosty! LOL! I guess what I was thinking is that since their heads are bald they would probably get cold pretty easily. Are they prone to frostbite?.
     
  4. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, that's why I picked Frosty! 7 months of winter, 5 months of decent weather. [​IMG]

    I haven't had frostbite problems... I did have a hen lose the ends of some toes this past winter or spring, but she could have been the hen that was sitting on some eggs in a corner and I found a rat tunnel right under her. Then I started sitting out there until 4 AM or so with a flashlight and a pellet gun, but that's a whole 'nother story...

    I had a RP x BR hen hatch out a clutch in late July one year... Early October the babies were just over 2 months old and temps were in the 90's (rare for that time of year). Within days, Oct 5th, temps had dropped below freezing and we got a blizzard with 16" of snow (blowing snow so there were huge drifts). Mom and poults were caught out in it and disappeared. A few days later, mom showed up with one or two poults, and I was sick thinking about the rest of them (there were 7). Over the next few days they came straggling in though, and we didn't lose one.

    Even the wild turkeys that don't have a building to go into manage to make it, and I have never seen one that looked like it got frostbite. And those are ambient temps. We also get winds up to 45 mph or so as a common occurance, so wind chill can get pretty ugly. But then again, it isn't that wet cold stuff with high humidity (like the lake effect snow) THAT is bone cold and you can't even dress for it.
     

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