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Royal palms thru winter???

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Mouflon, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Mouflon

    Mouflon New Egg

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    i am getting a few 2 month old royal palms and narragansett's in a few weeks.... They will be raised on a 5 acre contained predator fenced, gaurdian dog enforced, pasture with my exotic sheep. There is plenty of cover/trees/forage/water for them to live.
    Would I need to build a "shelter" to winter them thru a minnesota winter???
     
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I would give any animal some shelter from our winters. They are just too unpredictable. [​IMG]
     
  3. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should have something for them to get out of the wind, but you certainly don't need a coop. My turkeys stayed outside in -35 degrees with no trouble. One time I tried to put them in a brooder with attached screenporch. I turned on a light for heat in the brooder, and they chose to stay outside. They slept in spruce trees, and also hid in them in the wind. The only time they used the roofed roost I built was when it began raining in the spring. No need to worry about turkeys in winter (unlike chickens that easily get frostbit combs).
     
  4. Mouflon

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    I have a few 3 sided shelters for the sheep that they rarely use so that may good....
     
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure you have a pen for them for 3-4 weeks before you try to turn them out! They won't always hang around like chickens at first. They might try to take off!
     
  6. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Might want to add a roost too so the sheep don't run them out of the shelter and they can be a little higher off the ground and maybe get some of the sheep's bodyheat.

    How do you keep the sheep from eating the turkey feed, raise the feeder out of sheep reach? Feed everybody the same feed?
     

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