turkey powered green house?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by itsasmallfarm, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. itsasmallfarm

    itsasmallfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hello every one.

    i am looking at maybe getting into turkeys this year, i want to start out with the BBW or BBB before i spend a lot of money to get a breeding pair of heritage birds, but i asked a question in the duck section how cold is too cold for a duck? i then asked if i could build a semi-sort of green house for them to trap in heat (with proper ventilation) and was told that idea would work great. now for my question to the turkey raisers out there, would this idea work with turkeys (most likely the broad breasted white this year) i plan on raising them in sorta of hoop style house and covering it in poly then cutting out huge wholes in the sides to give plenty of air (i read the storys guide to turkeys and know there very sensitive).

    so number 1 could this idea work with them?

    and number 2, should i just spend a more to get heritage birds, then the BBW if there more hardy and easier to raise? (i would purchase them as an adult breeding pair)

    thanks its asmallfarm out :)
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Turkeys don't mind cold weather. I'm not really understanding what you are asking as far as housing. My heritage flock will often choose to roost outside until the temperatures fall below zero than they roost inside the shed which isn't exactly warmer but blocks more winds. So anything that involves a green house will be too hot for them.

    It costs more to raise a heritage bird to a good butcher size than broad breasted. The poults cost about the same to purchase. If you are looking to save money stick with broad breasted.

    If you want turkeys around all year and want to raise some of your own birds each year than get some heritage. You will need to invest in some decent housing and a covered run up front as they need better housing than the temporary broad breasted do.
     
  3. itsasmallfarm

    itsasmallfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where i live it can get down to minus 49C or negative 56.2F so would i need a shelter for them? (mainly heating the coop?)
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Where do you live?
     
  5. itsasmallfarm

    itsasmallfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sask canada
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Than unfortunately I'm not much help. We don't get that cold, the closest is about -25 Fahrenheit with occasionally -40 wind chills. I'm unsure if turkeys would be okay at your temperatures, or what would be the best way to house them.

    Heating an area for them would add to the cost of keeping them. I have seen people keep chickens in a green house type setting but not turkeys. I guess sometimes you just have to try it and see how it goes.
     
  7. itsasmallfarm

    itsasmallfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ya the weather where i live sucks, i have read quite a few articles and it seems that everyone just leaves them out side or in a unheated building. but i guess i will have to try and experiment with it and post my findings back here

    but thanks anyways :)
     
  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Good luck, I will be interested in reading how it works out for you.
     

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