Keeping Turkeys Home

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Jackson5610, Dec 27, 2016.

  1. Jackson5610

    Jackson5610 Just Hatched

    Dec 27, 2016
    I have 3 Broze turkeys, 2 Toms and 1 Hen. I live on a 21 acre farm with lots of chickens, ducks, and guienas. My turkeys and guienas grew up together and like to travel to the neighbors house who also have the same kind of birds. All of my birds are free range and never been penned (once they left brooder box). All of a sudden my turkeys and guienas are deciding to stay next door. Can I clip their wings or is there another way to keep them home without putting them in a pen? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Jackson5610, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Yes, turkeys and guineas (especially guineas) do not tend to coop at night as chickens do. I have had better luck by initially not letting them out of their coop for a week or so and then, during their first couple weeks of free ranging, luring them into their coop with treats. After that they had a tendency to at least be near their coop at dusk, rather than who knows where. Some nights I still have to steer them in but it's never too much trouble. You might ask the folks in the turkey and guinea forums in the following link: They may have ideas for getting your birds to coop up. In terms of keeping them home...I think it's a matter of them finding something they like better, shelter, roosts, etc. Do yours not come back in the evening?
    Best wishes. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2016
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Jackson5610 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry that I do not have experience with turkeys or guineas but redsoxs has given you some good tips.

    I just wanted to say that I hope you enjoy BYC. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
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  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

    Best wishes
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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  6. N F C

    N F C home again! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    You've been given some good tips and link by redsoxs so I'll just say hello and it's nice to have you join us!

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