Wanting to try Bourbon Reds

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ButchGood, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 2 acre yard fenced 6 ft. high. I raise chickens and turkeys. I've raised the BBB without any issues, but I want to raise a heritage breed. I like the Bourbon Red but I have some concerns that they may fly out. My BBB turkeys were very content and never tried to leave. I'm just wondering if I need to take extra precaution for the Reds, or maybe just stick to the fat boys. Let me know what yall think
     
  2. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If BBB do OK with your chickens, the Bourbon reds should do just fine too. You might want to make sure the wings are clipped so they don't fly out,. If one does, it won't go anywhere. Just open the door and shoo it back in. the only problem would be predators outside the fence.
     
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  3. ButchGood

    ButchGood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The BBB's are like Puppy dogs, following me around. I was thinking about getting 5 or 6 Bourbon Reds . Butcher 3 or 4 in the fall and keep a breeding pair. If I raise them from chicks I'm hoping I can keep them on our side of the fence.
     
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