Turkey tractor

patman75

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Apr 17, 2009
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With all the turkey talk at this time of year has got me thinking of maybe raising a few turkeys next year.

Is it possible to raise them in a tractor? I was thinking a hoop type tractor. How big would the tractor need to be for 4-5 turkeys?

One concern I had was being able to move the tractor in November with the ground getting very wet and muddy around here.

Thanks
 

Lagerdogger

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Jun 30, 2010
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Aitkin, MN
Turkeys can certainly be raised in tractors. And for only four or five turkeys it could be quite small. A 6x6 tractor would be plenty big as long as you move it every day. Some people seem to mistake tractor for portable coop and make large, heavy "tractors" that stay in one place for a long time. Remember, the point of a tractor is to work the soil. You could probably leave a 10x10 in the same spot for two or three of days, especially when the birds are young.
 

danschicks

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Dec 14, 2008
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I just raised 5 BBW in a 8X10X3 pasture pen. They dressed out at 31, 29, 28, 24, and 20 pounds at 19 weeks. The pen was plenty big, and made with with wood strapping. The 31 pounder was juicy :and flavorful. We ate him today!
 

patman75

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Apr 17, 2009
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I'm guessing I need to design in the same level of predator protection as a chicken tractor?

It looks like they will need some sort of cover/roof to keep the rain off them? I guess a tarp could do the trick.

And a roost, it doesn't have to that high off the ground does it?

I have built a chicken tractor so I have been thinking and reading on how to make my next tractor lighter, easier to move and easier feed and water. I'm thinking of a hoop tractor, with an aluminum frame, wheels that raise and lower for moving and external PVC feeders.
 

GotCoop

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Jan 10, 2013
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I used a turkey tractor for several years. Kept 5 turkeys in a 8x10x6 with heavy duty wire, plastic roof panels, and some roll up curtains made from tarps for inclimate weather. I used a strap and my tractor to move it around the pasture. I made it 6 feet high because turkeys like to roost higher than chickens. Work well until a pack of dogs tunneled under it. I moved it into an enclosed 40x90 pen...it now is the coop.
 
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