New turkeys...keep them penned?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by helkat, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. helkat

    helkat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all! We just got 3, 20 week old turkeys today. The guy we got them from said to keep them penned up for a few days.

    We free range our ducks, chickens and guineas and put them in a coop most nights.

    Is it necessary to keep the turkeys penned for a few days?

    Thanks!
    Helga
     
  2. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ALWAYS keep new birds penned for at least 2 weeks. My reasons: First I want them quarantined to watch for signs of illness that could affect my flock. And second, they need to think of my place as home. If you just turn them out, they will very likely take off. I gave someone a pair of geese, they took off. The next day they saw the geese in the distance, and that was the last she ever saw of them.

    Good luck with your turkeys, they can be really neat!
     
  3. Willem81

    Willem81 Out Of The Brooder

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    like frosty said...
     
  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    I agree, keep them penned until they settle in.

    "Everybody loves a turkey"

    Steve in NC
     
  5. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They need to learn where home is. Keep them penned up at least a few days.
     

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