Turkey Behavior vs Chicken Behavior

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by BirdieBuddie, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. BirdieBuddie

    BirdieBuddie In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2017
    I am going to be setting up a bird powered composting system soon and I've always heard that turkeys scratch and feed very similarly to chickens. Do you think Turkeys could take the place of chickens in a bird powered compost system? For those of you who aren't familiar with such a system, its when you put your compost pile in the chicken run and use the chickens natural urge to scratch and forage to turn your compost for you. Whilst turning the pile the chickens also get extra food by feeding off of the insects, seeds, fruits, veggies, and fungus in the pile.

    Those of you with both turkey and chicken experience, do you think that turkeys could serve the same purpose? Scratching and turning a pile of food scraps for long periods of time? Thanks in advance.
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

    Feb 24, 2013
    Natrona County, Wyoming
    The turkeys will not dig up the pile like chickens do.
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  3. sarcasm

    sarcasm Chirping

    Sep 23, 2016
    Conroe, TX
    This, exactly. I have to let the chickens into the turkey coop or turn the bedding over manually, the turkeys only very occasionally scrape at the surface.
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