How many turkeys in a hoop tractor?

cassiadawn

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So I'm planning on building a hoop tractor for meat chickens this year, and I'm thinking of trying out some turkeys in it once the chickens are in the freezer. Dimensions of the hoop tractor will likely either be 9'x8' or 9'x12'. How many turkeys could I keep comfortably in those sizes? I'd be getting one of the fast-growing commercial type turkey breeds (Nicholas white's).
 

A.T. Hagan

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My hoop tractors measure roughly 8'x8' on the inside. I had nine White Midget turkeys inside of one until the start of the breeding season when I moved the extra toms out so that I now have only six in there. It seems to suit them well for space. The tractor is moved daily.

For full sized heritage breeds I probably wouldn't put more than seven in a similar size of tractor and maybe the same for the broad breasted since they are usually slaughtered before they reach breeding age.

.....Alan.
 

cassiadawn

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Thanks for the help... I was kind of thinking 4 or 5 would be a good number for a first try, so it sounds like I should have plenty of space either way.
 

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