Refusing to roost

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by CDennis, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. CDennis

    CDennis Songster

    Apr 1, 2009
    3 turkeys, I have had a little over 3 weeks. They have a beautiful roost area under an enclosed roof to keep them safe and dry. 1 insists on sleeping on the barn roof (which I am ok w/ at least she is roosted) the tom and other hen keep "roosting" on a 1 foot log pile in the pasture not exactly what I had in mind. So every night I go out and get them both and put them on their roost. How long will this battle continue!?!?!?! At least the tom roosts good when I place him, the hen is a fight and it normally takes me a few tries to get her to stay (I don't think she is very bright). Should I just give up and assume they will find shelter if they want it or keep trying every night. And its late when I move them (1am most nights) so they are fast asleep. Also, I have not built nest boxes yet for the hens, anyone have crafty re-purposed nest boxes for turkey ideas they are willing to share. Thanks -Cortney

  2. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    Give them a roost outside. None of my turkeys (wild strain or domestic)will go into a barn/shed/coop or anything like that. They prefer to be outside on a roost, weather bad or not they like it. Try That, higher the better for protection purposes. In the end, they are going to roost where they want. I dont think you can train the otherwise.
  3. CDennis

    CDennis Songster

    Apr 1, 2009
    The roost is outside, its just attached to the barn so its covered by a metal roof, all sides are open so I thought they may like it. But I will build more in the field and see if they like that better, right now they are choosing to basically roost on the ground which is not safe at all.
  4. longranger

    longranger Songster

    Apr 23, 2009
    laguna hills CA
    Mine will only roost in a structure if it has an open wall and high roost.

  5. Portia

    Portia Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    South Central PA
    Seems that turkeys like open air and the ability to see what is around them. They like to be high up, and I mean high. Mine refuse to roost under a roof.
  6. Crazy Chicken Fever

    Crazy Chicken Fever Songster

    Aug 8, 2009
    All 4 of mine use to roost on a 6 ft fence in our side yard. Like you I was worried about them being out in the weather. Once it started getting cold I waited until dusk and went outside with corn. I would shake the corn and pour it onto the barn floor. After about 3 days of doing this they learned to roost on the rafters in the barn which is awesome because I can close them in and keep them safe.

    Maybe if you pour some corn on the ground under the roost a few nights in a row they will start going there in the evening to meet you for corn and decide to roost there as well.

    Good luck
  7. chickenannie

    chickenannie Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    I would guess your hen is actually 'intelligent' -- she just doesn't WANT to go inside. [​IMG]
    That's how mine behave when they don't want to do something I want them to do.

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