How to house meaties?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Josh45640, May 17, 2011.

  1. Josh45640

    Josh45640 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    SE Ohio
    I am getting a couple BB whites for the sole purpose of eating in few months when they reach the correct size. How should I house them? I really dont want to build a special coop for something that im only going to have for a few months. Would it hurt to keep them with my chickens or is a few months too long to chance? How are they at free ranging? What size should a tractor be for a couple turkies if i go that route?
  2. mamarosa

    mamarosa Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2008
    I am wondering the same....hope we get some answers
  3. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2010
    i keep mine in the freezer [​IMG]
  4. Josh45640

    Josh45640 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    SE Ohio
  5. Unclebean

    Unclebean Rest in Peace 1977-2013

    Jun 10, 2010
    Tower City, PA
    I would guess you would be fine with a covered dog kennel for the short period of time you need housing.
  6. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    tioga tx
    let them free range, give them a good life until they are slaughter weight.
  7. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    IMHO I've read they don't fly so well, so they'll likely stay in with fencing; but not able to fly away from predators. So you may want to consider some predator protection while you are working on an economical solution. Maybe locking them up at night is something to consider. GL
  8. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    I would keep them separate because of their feed needs and if blackhead is present in your area it can kill them. If you just getting a couple, just build a small 8x8 or 10x10 pen that you can use everytime you raise some. 5-6 foot will be fine. Remember they will be 4-6 months old before they reach slaughter weight and do you want to feed all your chickens 28-30% protien feed for that long? Much cheaper to build a small pen.
  9. kfchickenlady

    kfchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Good question! I was wondering the same, I just got 2 bronze turkey poults and need to figure out a pen. Thanks for the info!
  10. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 7, 2010
    CO Rockies - 8600ft up
    So do they need a roost and if so how high? I would imagine that they are not going to be able to get off the ground closer to harvest time. I have 3 BB that are going on 5 weeks and it seems that they are already getting bottom heavy.

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