1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

How many BBW

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by elbesta, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. elbesta

    elbesta Out Of The Brooder

    10
    0
    22
    Oct 13, 2013
    I am building a new pen that is 40' by 24' with a 8' by 12' coop on the side. How many turkeys can I keep in this size pen. I will have 3 for breeding stock year around, and the rest will be BBW for meat birds just for the summer. This is a brooder I made.
    [​IMG]
     
  2. neverbdone

    neverbdone Chillin' With My Peeps

    302
    5
    131
    Dec 9, 2008
    Lake Isabella, CA
    dont know how to answer your question, but with my hollands I have 20 x 30 with a 10 foot"roof" of chicken screen and 20 birds with no problems. Have to process 11 next week. I'm still a newbee as far as turkeys (2 years). Still working on stuff myself.
     
  3. TamTurkey

    TamTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

    251
    4
    98
    Oct 17, 2012
    Texas
    I raise Show Birds BBW. Poults require 2 square feet of floor space through 4 weeks of age and 6 square feet from 4 through 8 weeks of
    age. By 12 weeks of age, hens must have at least 7 square feet, and toms at least 10 square feet.
     
  4. elbesta

    elbesta Out Of The Brooder

    10
    0
    22
    Oct 13, 2013
    This is where they will be. Should be lots of room for about 15 birds.
    [​IMG]

    Still workin on it if the snow would go away.
     
  5. TamTurkey

    TamTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

    251
    4
    98
    Oct 17, 2012
    Texas
    My spoiled birds would not be able to stand that cold! BBW aren't that hardy of birds so make sure you can keep them around 70-50° or you'll have a hard time getting them to eat! BBW are wimps they weren't made to survive to harsh cold. Good luck. I'd put a heater by the food maybe it'll keep them near the food to stay warm!
     
  6. elbesta

    elbesta Out Of The Brooder

    10
    0
    22
    Oct 13, 2013
    I'm getting the birds in the spring so ill only have the BBW tell fall.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by