How old must a turkey poult be,to be put outside .

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by greentea, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. greentea

    greentea Out Of The Brooder

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    [Our little flock is about 2 months old.They have been kept indoors since we got them.Ijust want a general idea of how many more weeks they should be brooded.
     
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  2. dwest

    dwest Out Of The Brooder

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    I would say once they're fully feathered they'll be safe to go outside. At this time of the year it wouldn't be bad to have the option to bring them back inside if the weather where you are turns inclement.
     
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Woods, TX
    It really depends on your weather. Once they are fully feathered, they are pretty cold hardy. At 3 months they can handle cold pretty good but I would not turn mine out in the snow!
     
  4. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree, and just wanted to add that it also depends on what they are used to. If they are under heat lamps now and it's cool outside I would proceed with caution. I had some 2 month old poults get caught out in a blizzard and they all got separated, but they were raised outside by their mother from day one so they were more prepared than poults raised in a brooder under heat lamps. They all survived but I was worried for a few days until I got them all back...
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I brooded my turkies in a 4x4 "coop" outside. Let them range around a mini yard at 3 weeks or so. It was april and we got dusting of snow now and again. Just acclimate them and provide heat if it's too cool.
     

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