Type of fencing for turkeys?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by magoochie, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. magoochie

    magoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hubby and I want to try turkeys this year. We are looking at birds that will be flavorful and come in around the 18-23 lb range (that is what we normally buy).

    We have a coop and run that is currently empty. This past year it housed our pheasants. (We raised 100 pheasants. But cannablism started about 5 weeks into it. We ended up with roughly 85 mature birds in this area.) The run is about 20x40. The top is covered in netting. With the peak about 12 feet high. The walls are 6 feet high.

    The sides of the run are just standard chicken fencing. I dont think that will be strong enough for turkeys, but hubby says it should be just fine.

    Do we need to reinforce with chainlink or hogfence? Will they push at the sides? Or is the chicken fencing enough?

    We are looking at ordering 15 poults. A friend of ours wants to go in on them with us. I would like to raise them here all together in a warm brooder until they are about 5 or 6 weeks old. (our friend free ranges his birds and doesnt usually lock them up at any time) He raised a dozen guineas for us to 8 weeks, and in return we raised some chickens for him to the same age.

    However, I know turkeys are more fragile. I'm sure we are bound to lose a couple our first year, but I want to give them the best start possible so they will survive.

    As they are growing and maturing, is that fencing going to be sufficient? Is the netting for the top enough to keep them in?

    I know we will have to put in some roosting bars, and build an area for them to get out of the sun/cold when they are bigger.

    By 6 weeks of age, we will have given our friend his birds, and we will have a max of 7 birds (if they all live). Our birds will free range in the yard with the chickens and be put back into this run area at night, or if we are gone.

    Here is what we have so far. Sorry it is covered in snow and you cant see much, but you get the general idea.

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  2. Country Parson

    Country Parson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend of mine raises turkey in a pen similar to yours, built out of chicken wire. It was sufficient to keep the turkeys in (but if I recall he once had trouble with a coyote tearing into the chicken wire and killing a couple of birds before he shot it).
     
  3. magoochie

    magoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We did not have a problem with fox or coyotes when the pheasants were in there. And we have plenty of them around. We also have not had a problem with them getting the chickens.

    But I will keep that in mind.
     
  4. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
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    I don't know if they will go in that box but other than that the pen should be okay for turkeys.
     
  5. magoochie

    magoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah the box was for the pheasants. The lid lifts and there is 2 doors on the front. I figured they could be in there off the ground for their first few weeks. It is 4x8 or 4x10 I cant remember.

    I know we will have to build a larger coop for them.

    I'm just really concerned about the light fencing on the sides and the net for the top. Also if that 20x40 area is big enough for up to 7 to live comfortably for 8 or 9 months.
     
  6. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
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    Looks good. Mine are in a similar structure.
     
  7. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks great! The thing about turkeys I've noticed is that when you introduce them to a pen situation while they are young and small they really don't continue to test the boundaries after they're older. They accept that they can't get out and they're cool with that. I've never had netting over the top of my runs so I can't speak to that as we have eight foot tall fencing. The size should be okay but I don't think I'd put much more than the six or seven you plan to raise in that size enclosure but then I tend to give my birds WAY too much room to run. I call my birds free range even though they are kept in pens because they have nearly an acre fenced to run around in.
     
  8. 12thmanjim

    12thmanjim Out Of The Brooder

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    Is netting overhead a must for turkeys?
     
  9. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    We use 6 foot high 2x4 welded wire for poultry fence.

    Steve
     
  10. magoochie

    magoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I dont know that it is a must, we had netting over it so the pheasants we kep in there didnt fly out. And also, so nothing got it.

    I have heard that turkeys will try to fly or rooster up in the trees though. I have never had them before, but it is mentioned alot in the other threads.
     

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