How much pen do I need?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Blue Ridge Hillbilly, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. Blue Ridge Hillbilly

    Blue Ridge Hillbilly Out Of The Brooder

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    I am thinking about a trio of turkeys. I would appreciate any help on determining what pen size should I build. Do I need an enclosed house/structure?
     
  2. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some sort of 3 sided structure at least to get out of the worst of the weather is a good bet. pen size someone will have to chime in, i've seen them kept in 10 foot pens, and much larger
     
  3. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    I have a trio of poults, almost 3 months old. I read on here somewhere that adults need 10 sq foot per bird in the coop if I remember right. I built a "coop" for mine that is basically a 6x8 shed elevated a bit off the ground to prevent rodents and a nice low slope ramp going into it so they dont fall off it lol. I also built a fully enclosed run that is 12x12 so 144 square feet of run and it seems huge to them right now but they will get much bigger and if it seems cramped I will expand but I feel it is large enough.

    We have raccoons here BADDDDDDDDDDDDD so I can not build a secure enough run to keep the little ******s out lol, so I built a coop where I can lock the turkeys securely in at night and I let them out in the mornings when I let the chickens out.
     
  4. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you want the birds to be able to move around and eat grasses, your pen will ned to be fairly large. If you just want them to stand there, then 10 sq ft per bird might work. One of the things I like most about having turkeys is watching their behavior, which requires room to move and other things to eat besides feed out of a bag. But that's just me. I just built a new breeding pen for two or three turkeys. Its not quite square so I haven't figure the area, but the perimeter is 170 ft.

    To keep out critters, me fence extends out on the ground about 18 inches, where there are two strands of electric fence. Nothing inside so far, but I have found evidence of three attempts.

    My turkeys don't go inside after six weeks. They roost high, about 8 or 9 ft up, rain or shine. The breeders stay outside in the snow and seek shelter in the trees when it gets too cold. They fly out fairly often in the morning, but they usually want to go back in.
     

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