ok so we are first time turkey owners
blue slate turkeys
6 wks old
going to be our 4H project for my dd.
ok they are really for me. i live through my children !
so i have raised chickens but not turkeys
i will get the food tomorrow
washed out the chicken brooder but am wondering if it is big enough for them ?
they will be in there for another 4 wks ? until they can move out into the coop . it is a cattle panel hoop house with plastic.
anything else i should now ?
i will take pics soon.
Raising Cornish Rock X "Project to keep me busy", lol Daughter wants a few chicken dinners. There will be enough to fill my freezer too. About 6 weeks and we will have our work cut out for us. I also ordered a doz. Barred Rock pullets for me. So Okay not turkeys, Chickens should have at least 3 sq. ft.per bird Turkeys are bigger So I would say make it 4 sq.ft at least for health reasons. Never raised Turkeys So I can't give you anything positive.
But will be interested in how it works for you.
Probably won't need the plastic all the way down the sides for much longer, as it would very soon generate too much heat for them.
I'm building a portable coop ( chicken tractor ) 8 x 16 with coop and nest boxes on one end 2 ft. above the fenced area. Should be sufficient for my 12 layers.
I am in the path of 3 pair of Eagles and quite often have a large hawk that that visits a large maple in my back yard
yes the plastic stays on until until may then i take half off of the coop.
12 layers are good. sure wish my kids would do them LOL i don't eat meat from the grocery stores. its yukky IMHO. :)
well i will keep you all informed
we got the turkeys last night. they are 6 wks old and i still am not understanding why they need heat lights ? but i will go to TSC and get another one.
Need to get turkey starter. The grain place i went to gave me poultry starter ? oh well.
ok pics will be coming soon.
I'm not sure on 6 week old turkeys needing heat lamps either but it won't hurt as they will govern how much they need. If they lay down away from the heat, I would think don't need as much.
My dark colored chicks don't lay down under the lamp. They seem to enjoy being as far away from it as they can get. but the Cornish Rocks still huddle under the heat lamp. They are all 20-21 days old and the Cornish are now 3 times the size as the Barred Rocks. Of course they eat like pigs too, so that is one more reason they are so big.
Time to get those babies out of that box and out in the inclosure. I think I will have a heat lamp for them on the cold windy days and nights for a while yet though as March can still drop below zero very easily. Also they seem to be growing faster than their feathers, so they have quite a bit of bare skin where they have lost their fuzz.
well i just learned of a disease that turkeys can get from chickens ? blackfoot.
i was going to put them in an old chicken coop i had . But i have read that this can be a problem for the blackfoot. a worm that chickens have . hmmm. no chickens have been in the coop for over a year... so i m wondering if it is still ok for turkeys ?
well our turkeys are not eating or drinking. i put a few chics in there with them i was told to try it.
so we shall see ?
Yes, I have heard that turkeys are dumb and you have to teach them to eat or drink. The chicks might help.
My guess is that they were doing okay before but the shipping has stressed them so it may take a while
If you had access to a power washer, to clean the coop with then disinfect it but that is one I haven't heard before.
A friend that wanted in on this order of Cornish. has access to a large chicken house. I swept it out but there is still crusted poop on the wood floor and there are large rat holes all around the ground by the coop. I told him if he wants to raise his in there that is up to him but I'm putting mine and DD Sandi's at my place in my new " chicken tractor" coop. I have it all inclosed now but still working on the nest boxes for the layer hens but that is above where the Cornish rocks will be, for the time being.
By the time my layers are ready to go down and forage on grass and bugs the cornish should all be in the freezer. lol
well the turkeys did start eating and drinking , so i took the chics out well guess who is back on the starvation diet ? uhg. ?
Rand that is cool a chicken tractor . i have wanted one of them .
aaahhh cornis h is the freezer ... its a good thing.
Taynors, I remember when you moved into your place. Quite a time. How long ago has it been now? I haven't been in on much of your adventures since. Have you had an easy, or rough time getting adjusted?
How many of those Cornish are going in the freezer Russ? You'll be ready for some more chicks. My sister used to get hers from Murray McMurray. Look at their catalog. It is like a candy store. LOL
Jeanette, 8 for Gary, 15 for Sandi and 16 in my freezer. I might start craving for the other white meat. lol
taynors; I have the bottom ready for the cornish but the nest boxes and shelter part isn't quite done. and I don't have the wheels on it yet but I will try get a pic today sometime, and post it.
I could have used some lighter materials but I used what I had, so it is quite heavy but I can move it around by sliding over PVC pipes laid out where I want it to go.
they seem a bit more relaxed. i don't think turkeys are dumb ? i think they are just very very very sensitive ? you know like panda's in the zoo's . Panda's don't don't mate naturally in most zoo's . so i m wondering if turkeys are the same way ? could be ?
just a thought i guess.
thanks randponder. this is our first with turkeys. lets just hope its not 5 Tom's LOL oh that would be so bad LOL
I think dumb may be the wrong term, It is what many impatient people accuse them of when they can't get them to eat or get in out of the rain. lol
5 Toms Hmmm if a hen and a half can lay a egg and a half in a day and a half. How long will it take a rooster to lay a door knob?? He He he.
LOL i enjoy it.
well so far so good the turkeys are doing good. i sure need to get out and fix up a coop for them
i was going to put them in my old chicken coop but with reading about Blackfoot i think i may be on the safe side and build a new one closer to the barn. on new ground. soooo
off to tractor supply for me !
Guys, look at Russ's address. Randbponder. R is for Russ, and B is for his wife Barb. Can't remember where he got the Ponder 'cause it's not his last name. The Ponder is just his warped joke I guess. LOL, gotcha Russ. Spoiled your fun didn't I?
Well Jeanette; you will have to blame Dave's computer for that warped joke I guess.
But when I first subscribed I was building a pond. and water gardens attracted me to DG.
Now the only thing that took the wind out of my sails is when somebody decided it was more important for him to have my best Koi than me. And within a month two different times 15 to 20 of the Koi I raised in an aquarium and put the best back in the pond to breed, wound up in someone elses pond. Not once but twice. I spent a lot of time and money on that project. That hurt, " so much so that I have just let the pond go. I don't have Koi to steel now.
Now to answer that leg pullin Naw you aint spoillin no fun, you is jus addin fuel, he he he
And as for a trip well yep I've just started another.This one is about 587.5 million miles.
Barb has the beginning of macular degeneration, so she don't read as much or try use the keyboard either. I find myself doing most of the cooking. and she no longer will drive in the city. I try to keep her abreast of everything. It is a learning experience. I am glad we went on that trip last year as she could see better then.
Taynors; I think the new coop would be a good idea. Wish I could get the new pics to post as a few people have said it looks great and like the idea that it also has the nest boxes and a shelter and I can stand up in it, so I can walk in and do the feed and water. Still need to get the lift and wheels done.
Russ, what did they say about her MD? 'cause they said the same thing about me about, well several years ago. At the time I had my cataracts removed and the eye surgery with the interocular lens etc. I have not seen my eyesight get any worse. Wonder if that is why.
They also told me to take the Preservision vitamins for my eyes, the one with no vitamin A, don't know why that was, but specified it was very important. They are very expensive at 2 a day, but if they are helping, they are sure worth it.
Russ, are you still going to be able to stand up in there to do your work if you put it on wheels? may have to flatten the tires. LOL :0)
this is one of my coops i built two years ago . same one i will do this year for the new turkeys
in spring we tarp with some plastic and then in winter we put plastic on the whole thing and make it nice and cozy for them.
works pretty good.
not a transportable type but i m thinking of a smaller one with only using two panels and wheels.
middle picture is of my friends and my kids. we moved it closer to the house while leaving one in the field.
LOL that was when we first built it LOL today it looks a bit more lived in. :)
IF i were doing a portable coop i would use the PVC also. and with chicken wire.
thanks Light_for_jesus . i need to make another one.