The turkey is a majestic and friendly bird that anyone can raise and own. They forage well and take up very little room. Though many "experts" recommend that turkeys be raised seperate from chickens, many backyard flocks raise turkeys alongside their flocks of chickens, bantams, ducks and geese.ul and helpful in controlling a variety of pests, turkeys are easy to raise and fun to watch. Turkeys can be a profitable addition to a large to small farmstead. Also gaining recent popularity is the desire for the small urban farm youtr own backyard. People typically raise turkeys for meat, although some people like to keep a Tom (a mature male turkey) around as a pet. Before you decide to add turkeys to your country or urban farmstead, here are the basics on raising them the right way.
In an Eggshell: What Turkeys Require for Home Enclosure Needs.
- Safety & protection from predators
- Places to dust bathe
- Wood or metal roosts to fly into at night
- Access to range with other livestock
- A safe, durable and weather resistant fence system
One of our country's founding father's Benjamin Franklin is notorious for his very public opinion on the tukey as America's first national bird. In letter to his daughter, Franklin wrote: "For my own part I wish the Eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen h perched on some dead tree near the river, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the Fishing Hawk; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a fish, and is bearing it to his nest for the support of his mate and young ones, the Eagle pursues him and takes it from him."