Royal Palm roosting?

Gunleather

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Hi, my question is about a new 1 year old Royal Palm Gobbler I just bought. I bought three poults first and they fly up to roost in the coup/run, the Gobbler doesn't. He will not lead the poults back in the coup at dusk, the poults would go before he arrived (he is their biological father). He just wants to sleep on the ground outside the run I have to find them and pick them up and put them in the coup.
Is this normal? Is he too heavy to fly up to roost? I do not think his wings are clipped.
Any help is much appreciated.
Preciate y'all...
 

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Hi, my question is about a new 1 year old Royal Palm Gobbler I just bought. I bought three poults first and they fly up to roost in the coup/run, the Gobbler doesn't. He will not lead the poults back in the coup at dusk, the poults would go before he arrived (he is their biological father). He just wants to sleep on the ground outside the run I have to find them and pick them up and put them in the coup.
Is this normal? Is he too heavy to fly up to roost? I do not think his wings are clipped.
Any help is much appreciated.
Preciate y'all...
I think he is too heavy, you might put a roost for him closer to the ground.
 

Gunleather

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I think he is too heavy, you might put a roost for him closer to the ground.
I did lol I had it close to the ground at first. He did fly up maybe two feet high to roost on the side rail of an utility trailer. I am afraid of coyotes, bobcats, coons, dogs, (lions, tigers n bears oh my) from getting them on the ground outside.
 

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Hi, my question is about a new 1 year old Royal Palm Gobbler I just bought. I bought three poults first and they fly up to roost in the coup/run, the Gobbler doesn't. He will not lead the poults back in the coup at dusk, the poults would go before he arrived (he is their biological father). He just wants to sleep on the ground outside the run I have to find them and pick them up and put them in the coup.
Is this normal? Is he too heavy to fly up to roost? I do not think his wings are clipped.
Any help is much appreciated.
Preciate y'all...
Turkeys rather be outside I'm afraid. I have to put my turkeys up every night and they are 5 months old. You could try giving them a snack right before bed and try to get them to follow you in to the coop while you let them see the bowl of feed or something they like to eat. Be sure to let them have the snack. I have done this for 5 months and they still will not go in to there coop by themselves. I do this every evening about a hour before dark.
 

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Hi, my question is about a new 1 year old Royal Palm Gobbler I just bought. I bought three poults first and they fly up to roost in the coup/run, the Gobbler doesn't. He will not lead the poults back in the coup at dusk, the poults would go before he arrived (he is their biological father). He just wants to sleep on the ground outside the run I have to find them and pick them up and put them in the coup.
Is this normal? Is he too heavy to fly up to roost? I do not think his wings are clipped.
Any help is much appreciated.
Preciate y'all...
Your tom appears to be molting. Looks like he is missing a significant amount of flight feathers along with all of his tail feathers.

Royal Palms don't get too heavy to fly but they can forget they can fly.

The older your poults get, the less likely they are to want to go inside for the night. My adults spend the night outside on their roosts in all kinds of weather. It is the hens that will show the poults what to do. That would not be normal behavior for a tom.

My turkeys have roosts that step ladder from 3' high to 6' high. They are all capable of jumping right up to the 6' roosts but some jump up to the 3' roost before going on up to the 6' roost.
 

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