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Turkey Nesting Boxes?? Please Advise

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by kuntrygirl, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    What do your turkeys lay eggs in or set on eggs in? My turkeys lay eggs in the chicken's nesting boxes but I think that the chicken nesting boxes are too small. Can anyone post pics of the nesting boxes that your turkeys lay and set in? I have a turkey setting on eggs in a nesting box for the chickens and her tail is sticking out but she is till setting on the eggs. Do you all think that regular chicken nesting boxes are too small or ok for turkeys? Should I build larger nesting boxes for my turkey hens?
     
  2. Tunastopper

    Tunastopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use large cat carriers. They are easy to clean. I bolt them down so they don't flip over.
     
  3. kuntrygirl

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    Quote:So are the pet carriers on the ground? Are they in a chicken house/shed/ etc? Where are they located so that the turkeys are safe from predators?
     
  4. Tunastopper

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    Mine are raised off the ground about 4 1/2 ft. Turkeys are ground layers but for some reason mine like the nest boxes that I already had for my chickens that where raised. If I have low ones they always choose the upper ones. Mine are in a barn. I also have stairs that go up to the nest boxes.
     
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  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Ours are 18 to 24 inches square and in the houses they are on the floor on the back wall. The top is angled down towards the front so you can scrape the poo off easier.

    On the range roosts they are the same size but towards the back.

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  7. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:WOW STEVE !!! I love your set up! I hope that you don't mind, but I would like to build mine just like yours. I have someone that all I do is show them a picture and they can build me the same thing or close to it. If I were a turkey, I would love that set up Steve.

    Good job !

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  8. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    It works good, we had to put the cinder blocks in the front so the fat butt Cochins could get up in there. About a year ago we had an owl figure out there was food in there at night. Couldn't ever figure out if it was flying in under the roof and grabbing them or if the cochins were just jumping off and getting eaten. We had to put sides on it and covered half the front, that stopped that. The back is hinged to get in the nest boxes but I made it one piece. As a do over I would put a door over each nest box. Feel free to use the design, that's what I did a saw a picture of one like that and went from there. We built a bigger one for the Bronze turkeys and added a front porch so the feeder wasn't right under the roosts.


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