Keeping pair of Turkeys overwinter

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by taprock, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know nothing about turkeys but have fallen in love with a friends Narragansetts. She said I could have a pair if I wanted and then she could get eggs back from me in the spring for hatching. I have no idea what is involved and it is late in the season. I have a small coop 4x8 that I was going to put my 5 guineas in. Could the turkeys go in with them? Do they like roosts? Any advice would be great.
  2. jbourget

    jbourget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    yes, your turkeys will like a spot to roost, and i dont see why they wouldnt get along with your guinea hens. hope you enjoy your new turkeys and their noises!!!!!! [​IMG]
  3. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    IMO your coop is too small for that many birds. [​IMG]
  4. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    tioga tx
    Renee' :

    IMO your coop is too small for that many birds. [​IMG]

    X2 way too small IMHO triple it and you wil be getting close as long as you have a run attached.​
  5. LadyTurkey

    LadyTurkey Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2011
    Agreed, I think you might need a bigger coop for that many birds. We have a coop a little bigger then 10X10 and we only have our three turkeys, and its just enough for them, although they do also have a run attached.
  6. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! I do have a run attached but in the winter the guineas don't go out much. How much space do you plan for turkeys? Most of the people I know don't have a separate coop for them, just let them wander or go into the barn.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011
  7. rfwombat

    rfwombat Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Turkeys need 10 sq feet of space per bird inside the coop minimum. They also need a run space of 20 sq feet per bird. Turkeys need 2 feet of roost space per bird that is 2 feet from the wall to give their tail feathers room. They want to be as high as possible so don't be surprised if you find them roosting in the rafters or on top of your house/barn!
  8. LadyTurkey

    LadyTurkey Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2011
    Quote:Great tips [​IMG]
  9. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2008
    In the spring you could also run into trouble. When breeding season hits your tom could try to breed with a guinea and she could be hurt or killed.

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