Sun porch for turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by psychoroo, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. psychoroo

    psychoroo In the Brooder

    Apr 19, 2013
    Wicomico Church, VA
    I'm expecting my first shipment of Narragansett turkeys the first week of April. I was planning on building a run and coop, similar to what I have for chickens, but after reading Storey's Guide To Raising Turkeys I was wondering if all I need to do is build and 8 X 12 sun porch. According to the book that would be all I need for 15 turkeys. Storey's has a drawing in it where it looks like approx 4' of one end has three sides and a roof with roosts inside. The floor is 2 X 2 wooden slats raised 2' off the ground. Anyone have any experience with this?
  2. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Crowing

    Mar 16, 2014
    SE Michigan
    I don't think 8 x 12 would be comfortable for 15 turkeys. Maybe 4. One of my outdoor pens is 15 x 15 and it's crowded with 15 turkeys.

    The wingspan on an adult Narragansett is over 4 feet, and they can jump up with a flap or two to the top of a 6' high dog kennel. While you might be able to squeeze them in there, they would be unhappy.

    Depending on your climate, you may not need a "coop" but you should provide a covered shelter with a high roost and enough room above for them to fly to a safe height. They prefer to roost in trees if given the opportunity.

    If you are talking about building a brooder, 8 x 12 would be fine for 15 turkeys. But they'd outgrow it by 8 to 10 weeks old.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2015

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