Share Coop With Chickens, Their Own Coop (Varmints)

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by smoknz28, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. smoknz28

    smoknz28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today we become first time owners of adult turkeys. We really know nothing about raising them, but we feel confident we'll pick up do's and dont's rather quickly.

    We have raised chickens and currently do. We have a large chicken pen/coop and have 24 mixed breed chickens.

    After picking up the turkeys today (male and female) we thought they'd be best suited to go in our Pygmy Goats pen. It's a fenced in area....large area to fun around in. I added a dog igloo, which is large enough for both of them. I added hay inside of it and introduced the female to it, but she didn't care for it. The fenced in area is 5-feet tall, which isn't tall enough to keep the turkeys in. She made her way out and he flew on top of the goats house and could easily fly out at that point.

    This is a new home for them and we feared the foxes, racoons and or possums would feast on them. I don't know that they would, but they have attacked our chickens before.

    Should we worry about the foxes, racoons and possums attacking our turkeys? The turkeys are large.

    For fear that the turkeys may get attacked, we moved them in the chicken coop and they were fine. No problems. The female found a cozy spot with hay and laid down. The male accompanied her. The chickens were fine. In fact, one of the hens cozied up next to the female turkey and all was fine.

    The chicken coop is certainly large for all of them and then some...

    Should I worry about the varmints? Largest varmints we have here are the red foxes.

    Any other information about turkeys any of you would like to pass on to us new owners is appreciated.
     
  2. smoknz28

    smoknz28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, it's been determined through various searching on the internet that I do have to worry about the foxes attacking the turkeys....

    So, now I'd like to know what you all are using to protect/shelter your turkeys during the night hours from varmints?

    Thank you.
     
  3. mirassou

    mirassou New Egg

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    I have a 20x40 structure with mesh netting over the top. I have a 10x20 carport inside it. I've put 3' of chicken wire around the outside perimeter and have electrified the chicken wire and have another couple of strands running around the perimeter. I had problems with raccoons before this and haven't had a problem since.
     
  4. smoknz28

    smoknz28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please share photos and or video of your setup. I'm very interested to see how you have the layout.

    Thank you.
     
  5. charlindabob

    charlindabob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An electric fence is a great defense against varmints.
     
  6. smoknz28

    smoknz28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is something I'll research further on...but if there are members here who have photos or videos of how they have their electric wire run...it will aid me in making the right decision on how to run mine.

    Thanks.
     
  7. mirassou

    mirassou New Egg

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    Hey there, will try to post some pix this weekend!
     
  8. smoknz28

    smoknz28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great! Thank you. ;-)
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2014

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