As I mentioned previously, it presents some difficulties when trying to introduce new turkeys or chickens to an existing flock. These birds are a food source for us, but I was NOT going to put up with blood spattered bird fights like we’ve had with our roosters. So in order to solve the problem, we now have two turkey coops. One will house our breeding stock:
The other will house the babies. The chicks we hatch will grow out in their own fenced in area. As they will all be destined for freezer camp at some point, we will just not have any out there during the winter – Thanksgiving being the perfect processing time. The breeders have an indoor coop but the grow-outs have an old pig hut that wouldn’t do much good in a blizzard.
The new pen is made of dog kennel panels from the local stockyard supply place. I was so happy that this went up easy. The guy at the supplier laughed when I told him it was going to be a bird cage, as these panels could sequester a bull! (Yes I over build – but then again nothing breaks now does it?) My only injury was dropping one of the panels on my foot (Bruised!). But! No blood was spilled in the accomplishment of these tasks! A rarity indeed!
Those are some clean looking turkeys. Those that have naturalized here look like dirty wild turkeys, even though I know they aren’t really dirty. I just don’t like them.