Tame/ wild

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by DLS, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got some eggs from a local & he said these birds would free range in the yard & roost inside at night . WRONG they look like wild birds but can't fend for themselvs at all I had to pen them. Where can I get free range (type) turkeys for the farm?
    OR, what kind of birds should I look for?
    the ones I have are on death row this month.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2011
  2. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    tioga tx
    All turkeys will free range. If you get them used to a coop for several weeks before you release them, they will go back to the coop/roost at night. Eventually they will pick a low roost in a tree close to the house and food and that will be home. If you hatched them you will need to feed them from that point on. The only way they can fend for themselves is if tehy are hatched by a wild hen and left alone. Once you start supplimenting their feed you have handicapped their natural ability to take care of themselves.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2011
  3. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    These birds are so DUMB they can't even find water if they are not in a pen. I was just wondering if there was a smarter breed. (mine are just turkeys not any special breed , MUTTS)I want them to look like the wild brothers.
    Just not so Not be so stupid as the ones I am fixin to eat.
  4. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    tioga tx
    they are definately not the brightest light in the fixture, but they have character. If you want a more flighty bird get merriams, they are also called Eastern wild look the wild part.
  5. chichick

    chichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2011
    What you do is keep them in the room where you want them to roost in for a while when there young and then one day let the door open, let them free range and they usually go in there to roost.
  6. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    I haven't found heritage turkeys to be dumb at all. Very curious, and always quite capable of finding food and water, even if I move it and change the dispensers style, color, and material.

    Broad-breasteds might not be too bright, though. But they follow the rest of the flock.
  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    I don't find my turkeys to be dumb at all. I've raised them with chicks, and they are very much like a chick. Curious, and not at all stupid. I've got a Royal Palm and a Blue Slate. They're almost two months old now, so they're still poults. I started them in a brooder, then put them outside in my A-frame coop with attached run. Just recently I've allowed them to free range around the yard when I'm home. They stay close by and go into the coop when the other chicks do.

    The turkey breeder told me to raise them with a few chicks. That's what I've done. We haven't had any blackhead problems around here. Knock on wood......I asked experienced turkey people first before deciding to raise the turkeys with chicks.....

    It's working out well for me.
  8. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'LL EAT THESE & find some heritage eggs some where.
  9. TurkeyLover22

    TurkeyLover22 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2011
    Turkey poult needs a home! Sadly we can no longer take care of it and we are searching for anyone who would like to take the turkey under his/her wing. The turkey is very sweet and social, it enjoys the company of anyone. [​IMG]
  10. CYGChickies

    CYGChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    What kind of poult is it, how old and where are you located?


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