space needs of turkeys?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by muell112, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. muell112

    muell112 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2009
    Bangor, ME
    We are considering getting turkeys (this is our first year with chickens and they are awesome). We are considering building a second, separate coop where the turkeys and chickens would not interact. I am wondering if there are some good resources on how much space turkeys need (per bird) - specifically how big would you make a coop for say, 12 birds? I'm wondering about the actual structure they'd go in at night, as well as a fenced in area for them. Do they need/like to roost at night in a coop? I know they roost in trees in the wild. Any advice would be great. Thanks!
  2. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    McNeal, AZ
    I'm trying to find out the same thing myself. The sticky at the top has some pretty good info. Mine prefer a tree to roost in but, I'm getting a little worried about them being so exposed to the elements. Especially when we get cold wet weather.
  3. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    Ours are 25' x 50' for 2-3 toms and 10 or so hens, this gives them plenty of space to move around and not be over crowded. A roost at least 6 foot up is preferred by most all of them, and if you can get them to use a coop, good luck, most prefer to be outside all the time, 100 or 20 below , they dont care.
    If you forced them in one, they'd have no choice I guess, but given the opportunity, they will avoid most indoor activities all together.
    You are dead on by not mixing, chickens and turkeys , they will get along just fine, but disease can become an issue , and usually it will be the turkeys or any gamebird, getting something cared in by the chickens (which often show no signs of a problem), so if at all possible do avoid mixing them..
    Good luck glad you are becoming an addict!

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