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How young can poults go to a ground pen?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Oklahoma Lightning, May 22, 2010.

  1. Oklahoma Lightning

    Oklahoma Lightning Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Twin Oaks
    I have 50 poults about two months old and they are out growing brooder.
    Can I move them to outside pen with a good house with light to put them up at night.
    Are keep them penned when in raining.
    I got 50 more to move to the brooder they in and 50 more to put in the inside totes.

  2. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Just a bump, but can you keep them confined to the house for a couple of weeks, with a brooder lamp. Maybe let them out on sunny days in the yard? Maybe it depends on the breed you have, but I put mine in the hen house with my chickens, but I ONLY have 6, not 50! They blend right in surprisingly at about 4 to 6 weeks old, as they seem keen to roost up high as possible at a very young age. Meat turkeys may not roost? I've never had any! HenZ
  3. pdpatch

    pdpatch Songster

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska
    Generally at about 9 weeks old they can safely go out. At 9 weeks there immune system matured as much as it ever will. You still need to watch for them getting cold and wet as this will slow there development some.

  4. We never put them outside until fully feathered. The last place they feather out is on the underside. An old rule of thumb is a cold wet poult equals a dead poult in short order. if you aren't there to watch them and put them under cover an afternoon thunderstorm is all it takes.

  5. OmaBird

    OmaBird Songster

    May 10, 2010
    CA High Desert
    I live in the CA desert where it is dry and we don't have grass for them to get wet. We can let ours out much younger than it seems.
  6. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Songster

    Jul 8, 2009
    Western PA
    I would say it is okay to let them out since there are 50.
  7. Quote:Why not and see how long it takes to get to 40 [​IMG]


  8. protodon

    protodon Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    I put mine out just recently. They are at 6 weeks and doing pretty well. They are on the ground but they do have a layer of straw under them to keep them dry and warm.
  9. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Songster

    May 25, 2009
    McNeal, AZ
    I have to ask. What are you going to do with that many Turkeys and is there that big a market where you're at? I wish I had that kind of market where I am. I noticed on craigs list someone selling Midget Whites fully feathered for $10.00 (Sierra Vista-adds still posted after 3 days). That doesn't even pay the feed bill.
    Last edited: May 22, 2010
  10. KOTurkeyRanch

    KOTurkeyRanch Songster

    Jul 8, 2009
    Western PA
    Quote:Why not and see how long it takes to get to 40 [​IMG]


    Last year i raised 2 eastern wilds (Now with my cousin) and i put them out when they were 6 weeks. They were fine, why wouldnt 50 be? Also, below your post, Protodon said their poults are 6 weeks and doing fine. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 23, 2010

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