What kind of shelter for my Midget whites?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ziggywiggy, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to build a shelter for my Midget Whites and could use a little input from the experts. Everything I've tryed so far has resulted in them roosting on top of it or in a tree instead of in the shelter. They seem not to be bothered by the elements but, somehow it just doesn't seem right especially when they have frost on them in the morning.
    Any ideas?
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2009
  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    You have to train them to go inside, most turkeys don't like to go into closed areas. We use range roost type shelters and that works well once they get the hang of it.

    Steve in NC
     
  3. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is a range roost shelter?
    This is what I'm planning. It will be 8'x8'x8''. Three sides will be covered with one side left opened. I'm thinking at 8' they won't try to sleep on top. I'll put their perch about 5' with a latter going up and a nest box fairly low like 2' above the ground.
    What do you think?
    Thanks
     
  4. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Here is one of our smaller range roosts

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    There are 4 nest boxes in the back. Since this pic was taken we have closed in the 2 sides and 1/2 the front. We had an owl that was grabbing the Cochins of the roost so we closed it up and that sovled the problem.

    Steve in NC
     
  5. ziggywiggy

    ziggywiggy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Steve. You saved me some money with that picture.
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Glad to be able to help!

    Steve
     
  7. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    How far apart are the roosts (spacing)?
     
  8. safarichick101

    safarichick101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't raccoons eat them? Mine would be dead in a matter of days.
     
  9. pandaz

    pandaz Out Of The Brooder

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    This may be a stupid question, but how do you get to the nest boxes with sides closed in? I really like this idea, I am in New York, so it would have to be closed in.
     
  10. pdpatch

    pdpatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it kind of depends on the weather. For raining area's or places where it's not to cold range shelters are great. But as you get to colder regions and the wind chill is -20 and below you need to enclose it and add a bit of insulation.

    In the winter you should to consider the worst case weather, and predators in your are when doing shelters.


    Tom
     

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