I got 18 poults this summer. They were very fragile as poults and I lost 8 within a few days and then lost one to an accident and another to an illness in 2 months. Now the remaining 8 are about 8 months old and they are extremely hardy. I have a coop for them but they will only go in it to eat. During rain, sleet, snow or freezing temps they stay outside and seem none the worse for it. I just wonder why they start out so fragile to cold, light and everything under the sun and as adults they seem to prefer extreme weather. (though not heat) I'm wondering why my turkeys will not go inside the coop to roost? They roost on top of the coop, I have a net covering it or they would roost in the pine trees. I am also wondering about free ranging. Up until 4 months ago I let my turkeys completely free range, they made a mess all over everything so I cooped them up. Those of you who free range.. Do you find it hard to keep them out of where you don't want them? The turkeys were jumping up on the deck, pooping all over my sidewalks and roosting in the trees and making a huge mess where ever they went. I have a large pasture where they could range but to keep them away from my sidewalks, off my porches and decks I'd have to net the entire 10 acres in. What do y'all do to keep them in a pasture area. It sure would be more economical to have them if they could forage for food. They are very good at foraging, just not staying put. I am considering getting rid of my turkeys if I can't get them to pasture and stay put. I will be moving them to a coop there soon. They will just fly back into the trees in my yard I'm sure. I have clipped wings before but that did not seem to stop much as they can jump pretty high and over my fences in spite of clipping. Any suggestions please? I've spent a lot growing them out and for shelter but I don't see I can make up in hatching eggs for all the feed they eat. I've got 2 pair of Royal Palm, 2 Narragansett hens, 1 Bourbon red hen, and a blue slate. I lost the mates for the Narragansett, BR and Slates, really as far as hobby goes I'd like to get them paired up but not unless I can manage free ranging. I do have a team of 3 GP's that keep everything safe so free ranging is safe for them.