turkeys wont go on the roost

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by samandmike, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. samandmike

    samandmike In the Brooder

    Feb 5, 2009
    that about said it all thay are rp 3 months old put them in pen last week but thay sleep on the ground how do you get them to go on roost i cut down a red coffie can to feed in thought i would nail it up after wile to cokes them to fly up but thay dont want to eat out of it i have to dump feed out or thay dont eat left in can for day and a half hade to dump or starve any ideas
  2. weirdturkeyfreak

    weirdturkeyfreak Songster

    Jul 28, 2010
    depends on how old the bird is and what gender
    because i have a turkey that if the roost is above
    4 feet he won't roost
    and if the bird is younger than 6 months it
    usually won't roost but of course
    it depends on the bird all
    birds have their different characteristics

    hope i helped
    any more questions ask

    but PM me i don't respond to threads
  3. emptynesterMom

    emptynesterMom In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2011
    Could you post a picture of your set up and roosts. My birds are also about 3 months old and roost much higher then I thought they would. When the weather is nice, they prefer to roost along the top of the coop fence which is 6 feet high. We did have to move their inside roosts in front of the windows so they could see outside. I don't know if it is the ventilation or the view but everyone wanted a window seat. Personally I think they are just nosey and afraid they will miss something. Lol
  4. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Songster

    May 25, 2009
    McNeal, AZ
    Quote:Isn't this a response?
  5. Ksane

    Ksane Crowing

    Jun 21, 2011
    My 3 Royal Palms are just over 2 months old. I set 2 cinder blocks on end in their pen and sat a 4' 4"x 4" on the top. It's only about 18" off the ground. The 1st night I set each one up on it at bedtime when I tucked them in. After that they were already up on it at bedtime. It seems turkeys sometimes have to be shown things. They're far from stupid, just learn in a different way than chickens do. Your roost may be too high, too thick, too thin, too slippery..... for whatever reason it doesn't "feel" right to them.

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