Let's talk turkey. Any turkey questions, comments, concerns... post them in this thread.
I’ve raised chickens ducks and geese and incubating all of the above as well. Just turkeys would be new for us. I’ve read in several post turkeys are very “delicate” to raise. I will surely do my research before I jump in. But my Biggest thoughts right now are coop size and run size. I understand it’s 3-4 sq ft per bird but, I need size 4x6 6x8 10x16? Their run space will be around 100 sq ft or more.
All depends on how many birds you have in there, but your numbers are on the right track. During each summer we raise turkeys for meat and we start out with 15-20 in a 6’ x 11’ chicken tractor. As they get bigger, we divide them out into several coops and eventually lower their numbers between them. Our 3 turkeys that are full time in the farm are in a little coop, but they have a large run. So just plan for more space than they’ll need so you’ll have room for them to expand.
That’s a broad question… I could talk for hours on hatching them, brooding them, or raising them to adulthood. If you’ve never raised birds of any kind before, just watch some videos or do some research on what structures you’ll need and how to take care of them. In the woods, your biggest problem will be predators. So make your enclosures predator-proof. But you’ll learn the most by doing it and learning as you go.
Hi I newly subscribed yesterday. Watched a couple of videos. I am interested in raising turkeys. We have 5 acres of land most of which is wooded in WNY that we are currently building up to move to. We built a very tiny cabin 12x12. And are contemplating our best choices as far as animals go For the early stages. my husband is thinking about building the turkey coop in the woods. I am thinking about hatching the poults myself from turkey eggs. So I’m just wondering if you have any tips or suggestions for the person who would be a newbie at turkey raising? I look forward to your response.
Thank you for your time
Don't know if you resolved your fly problem with the Turkey pen, but we always had great luck with suspending baggies 1/3 or so full of water with a penny or two in the bag. The "logic/magic" is that the reflection from the water confuses the flies complex eyes and they won't fly past it. We use them on the eaves of the patio and by the dog doors. Its definitely cheaper and less messy than fly bait!
We heard a lot of that when we had that issue. It cooled off and the problem resolved itself. But we’ll keep that in mind this year.