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Turkeys and Electric Fencing

 
Mel Miller
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What's the minimum size of a paddock needed to keep two - three turkeys (breeding tom and two hens) so that they have enough room to stay away from the fence and still have plenty of room to move around / forage? How close is a turkey (or a chicken) likely to get to an electric fence? Is there a specific voltage that's recommended for poultry?

Thank you very much in advance!
 
Adam Klaus
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Sounds crazy, but my understanding is that turkeys are the singluar animal on the planet that are immune to electric fencing! I know, ridiculous. The electric fence will keep predators out, and the netting would keep the right sized turkey in, but the electricity is no deterrant to a turkey. Strange bird.

I'd call Premier Fencing, at 800-282-6631, they are the pros on all things electrical fence.
 
Dale Bunger
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Location: WI, USA (Zone 5) Continental ~33" avg. rainfall
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We raised 60 heritage turkeys and were very frustrated in our efforts to contain them. They flew over the fence with ease and preferred roosting in the trees rather than any structure we made. We lost over 20 birds to cototes and were forced to clipping a wing on each bird in an effort to keep them contained. This didn't work for all of them, but if only 1 got out, it would spend the rest of the day walking around the fence trying to get back in.

Did I mention it was frustrating ; )

You would probably be fine with a broad breasted variety, but I have no personal experience with them.
 
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