Newbie Questions

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by nhcruffler, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. nhcruffler

    nhcruffler In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2009
    I have tried searching but keep getting distracted by all the interesting posts. So I have a few newbie questions. I heard that Turkeys should have there shoulders higher than their rear ends when eating & drinking. Is this correct? My two BBW seem to have no problem eating & drinking out of the containers on the ground. I also have to ask about rain. Do I need to make sure the turks are under cover when it rains or can they be trusted to go under cover on their own. They are six weeks old BBW and are left home alone while I am at work. Well, the beagle does watch them but will not put them inside their coop. Thanks, nh
  2. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    McCleary, WA
    Quote:They say to put the food and water at shoulder heighth to keep waste down to a min, as they will wate more when lower.

    No turkeys will not drown from the rain, but they can get wet,chilled and die but not drown from it.

    At 6 weeks they could get chilled very easy and die or all kinds of other things if left alone outside unattended for a day. i would keep them in a covered run for at least another 2 weeks or more.
  3. nhcruffler

    nhcruffler In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2009
    Thanks Harp, I appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I am not sure why I decided to get Turkeys since I never raised birds before ( just cats & dogs). They sure are neat though. I am sure I probably fuss over them more than I should. I will make sure they are under cover if there is a chance of rain. nh
  4. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Don't worry -- we all fuss over our turkeys, more than we should!! [​IMG]
  5. dc09

    dc09 In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2009
    Just North of London
    my turkeys are about 7 - 8 weeks old and they go inside by their selves when it rains, however they do try to sleep outside at night, you do have to keep an eye out while they are young because they get very cold very easily while they are young.

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