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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7609
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 16 7:15 am    Post subject: Turkeys  Reply with quote    

I have 2 turkeys (Bonnie & Clyde). I have had them for about a month now and I was wondering when on earth, he is going to stop displaying his wares and actually'do the job'? They are not youngsters, as they are approximately 5 years old & Bonnie has not started laying yet. Despite that they are both sooooo sweet and I can't believe I have lived this long without turkeys!

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35904
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 16 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know, they are gorgeous. They make such lovely noises. What breed are they?

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7609
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Norfolk Black.

They do make lovely noises. Bonnie gets really excited over grapes and cat food. I caught her in the kitchen demolishing the cat food!

Although, she has started shouting at the postman .

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14967
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A friend wants to board some turkeys here, for Christmas dinner. I had a vague idea you weren't supposed to keep them with chickens, though. Do they go to bed at night? And what sort of accommodation do they need?

(Sorry, I can't help with Clyde's performance issues)

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 2346
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Keeping them with chickens increases the chances of blackhead but worming regularly reduces the risk.Once they've reached adulthood they are at less of a risk as they've built up an immunity.

Mine had to be herded to bed every night as they preferred to roost in the trees but they drive easily.

A large shed / stable makes ideal housing with straw bales to roost on.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14967
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 16 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That does it. I can't have anything that doesn't go to bed. It'll be eaten inside of a day, here.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7609
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 16 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours seem happy to go under the pole barn... which is of course nowhere near their bed. If it rains they do go to bed, so they are not stupid... just bloody minded.

perlogalism



Joined: 27 Nov 2009
Posts: 440
Location: Near Welshpool
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 16 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We dispatched our breeding pair that survived Xmas a couple of weeks ago. They're the first that we've allowed to get to maturity and will also be the last: No-one would come in the gate because the stag would attack them. The dog was terrified to go out and the Hen bullied the chickens mercilessly. They were also a pain to put to bed. The Geese are angels in comparison!

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 7609
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 16 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours are angels. Very domesticated.

Fee



Joined: 21 Mar 2005
Posts: 15902
Location: Surrey Heath
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 18 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

perlogalism wrote:
We dispatched our breeding pair that survived Xmas a couple of weeks ago. They're the first that we've allowed to get to maturity and will also be the last: No-one would come in the gate because the stag would attack them. The dog was terrified to go out and the Hen bullied the chickens mercilessly. They were also a pain to put to bed. The Geese are angels in comparison!


What breed were they, perlogalism?

Seems Norfolk Black might be a good idea, think we might need to at least try a few to fatten up for Christmas, if not this year then next.

Fee



Joined: 21 Mar 2005
Posts: 15902
Location: Surrey Heath
PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 18 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I do appreciate this is a thread from 2 years ago 😂

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