Pet Turkeys?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jak2002003, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    I have the opportunity to get some young turkeys from a farmer friend. I have never owned them before, but I have always liked them. I would be getting 1 hen and one tom. They are mix breed and I will have various colours.

    I have some questions about them.

    1. Can I keep them with my Bantam chickens (in a very huge run).

    2. My climate is HOT so they won't need a coop, but do they need a roost, or do they sleep on the ground?

    3. Can they eat chicken layer pellets? I can not get any turkey food in my country.

    4. Will they get tame and can I let them free range with my chickens?

    5. Are they noisy?

    6. They will be pets and I won't be eating them. But are the eggs nice to eat and do they lay them all the time like chickens?

    Thanks for any advise.
     
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  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you for you answers![​IMG] The run is very big and one wall of it runs the length of an outbuilding with a large overhanging roof that provides lots of shade and also protection from rain. The area under it is always dry and only gets a couple of hours of sun very early in the morning.

    I will clip their wings so they can't fly away or roost too high. Can they jump high, because on part of the run wall is only about 5 foot. If they do get out do they have a homing instinct like the chickens, or will they just wander off into the woods?

    I don't have to worry about any predators apart form the occasional street dog (if the birds get out of my garden). Usually the dogs here never bother the chickens or ducks.......but maybe they have never seen a turkey before!

    Thank you again for all you advise. I think the turkeys will be happy to roost on top of my chickens roosting pens that are under the overhang. I will even put up a long thick branch for them to hop onto.

    I am very excited to be getting them.

    One very last question........ Will a pair be OK, or should I get 2 females and one male.
     

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