turkey housing

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by kelidei, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

    Mar 18, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    I have 5 RP's ready to go outside and we are building a nice big run for them this weekend. I am wondering what kind of shelter they need. I live in northern Illinois. I have coops for my chickens ... do they need something like that or would just a shelter from the wind and weather be sufficient? It would be inside a welded wire, covered enclosure...like the runs our chickens have (my husband reinforces them like Ft Knox). Right now they are in a pen in my garage... they need to go out ... NOW! [​IMG]
  2. Thomasturkey

    Thomasturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2011
    Do you remember the story of the three little pigs? I built my turkey shelter/nesting area out of straw. It is 8 bails of straw lined up two at each side like a hollow square. Two pieces of 8X4' plywood goes over the top. The way the bailes are butted together leaves a opening like a door. They love it. Its like a little straw cave. I just remove the plywood and collect eggs everyday.
  3. homesteadinmama

    homesteadinmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Quote:I would love to see a picture of that, I might be making one of those in the spring [​IMG]
  4. vsmenagerie

    vsmenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2011
    Quote:I did this for a bottle calf I had. Worked really well!! I would just fill the straw house up with straw and the calf stayed nice and toasty!

    *came in here to read on raising turkeys* hehe
  5. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

    Mar 18, 2009
    Northern Illinois
    I like that idea! I would like to see pictures too if you have some. Thanks!!!
  6. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    Whatever you make be sure it's secure, I built my coop and run into what I thought was secure but am finding out different. I built the run with dog kennel fence panels reinforced that with welded wire up three feet, chicken wire on top with no gaps, and put a "skirt" of chicken wire around the bottom. I have noticed a mess of the chickens food and things being moved at night and didnt know how it was happening, last night I heard a familiar purr and went out to find three juvenile raccons in the coop eating chick feed, luckily I lock them in their coop at night or I would have lost some poults. No matter what I put my turkeys in I will lock them up at night, right now my three bronze 10 week old turkeys sleep in a 6x8 shed with a roost and a feeder/waterer
  7. cowdogcadillac

    cowdogcadillac Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2009
    I keep them in a 17x35 pen with big coop in there. But,,they roost up on top of coop every night.They want to be up high. Also put some branches 2-4 feet off the ground with a roof over it. They will all roost together on that in garbage weather.Whatever you make they will want to be off the ground at night. Good luck

    See the branch roost in the background,,they love it
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by