Turkey housing question...

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Roseyroberts, Jul 29, 2016.

  1. Roseyroberts

    Roseyroberts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and thanks in advance!
    I am relatively new to turkeys I have two Royal palms that are 3.5 months old. I would love to house them with the goats. We have fenced a large wooded area that seems to be secure from dogs . I know turkeys can fly and could get over the fence which would be ok for them to be in the yard as well. I'm just wondering if raccoons will get them at night? Raccoons and hawks are my only predator here. I am hoping turkeys are too large to be bothered by these guys? Would I have to coop them at night?
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Raccoons can definitely get them if they roost too low. I had a very large Tom that used to sleep on the back of a pickup truck until a raccoon got him one night.
     
  3. Roseyroberts

    Roseyroberts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well dang it. I hoped turkeys were too large to be bothered.
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    That was my hope too. But they are just as blind and defenseless in the dark as chickens, geese,etc. Is the goat pen covered, or does it have any trees in it?
     
  5. Roseyroberts

    Roseyroberts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is wooded, not covered. :/
     
  6. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Likely they will fly up and sleep in the trees. They may not stay in the pen at all, depending on how much grass is in there and how the goats behave.
     

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