Hi all. I have been raising chickens for about a dozen years...replacing chicks every two years, keeping hens, eliminating roos. I feel pretty comfortable with poultry, have determined my favorite breeds and plan to start breeding/incubating my own in 2012. I would also like to raise heritage turkeys (slate or narragansett - leaning toward the second) and have a few questions I hope can be answered. I have ten wooded acres (approx 4 in cleared pasture) perimeter fenced in four foot cattle fencing with lots of mast from the oaks, poplars, hickories and sweet gums. There is electric cross fencing from horses/goats/sheep that are now gone. We also have a LGD to help control the predators - mostly fox, skunk, raccoon, roaming dogs, and the occasional coyote or black bear. My poultry all free range anywhere they want to go though they mostly stay close to the house. I think our place would provide a good home for turkeys (the eastern wild turkeys seem to like it) but I still have a few concerns. We had guineas but they had to go once they started roosting on the house - tearing up the roof shingles, knocking the satellite dish out of line and pooping all over everything. I don't care if the turkeys roost in the trees or on fencing and I plan to provide a turkey hut with perches --- but the house has to be off limits. We currently maintain a chicken free zone around the house with three foot wire fence and plantings/hedge trees growing in front of it. The plan is to upgrade to flight net 9' high behind the plantings. Is it likely that the turkeys would respect this as a barrier if we don't feed near the house? The other concern is we grow veggies/fruits for market. I know from experience that once the chickens discover these goodies, it's hard to keep them away. For the most part we grow vertically and they mostly "harvest" the low hanging fruit. Are turkeys insatiably curious? From what I understand they are voracious eaters. Again, they can have the low hanging fruits but I don't want them stripping everything bare. And last, but not least, I'd be thrilled to have them eat all the crickets, beetles, and bugs they want but would they go after bees too? I'll be adding the first of three hives in May. My friend's chickens stay well away from the hives.