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turkeys are driving me crazy!- is it thanksgiving yet?

 
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so my plan ( seems stupid now) was to let my turkeys free range until they were ready for the dinner plate and then keep a pair or two to reproduce for next year. The problem is that they are already destroying everything with their giant turds.

how do all you turkey people do it? they just fly right over my fenced areas so that doesnt seem like it would work.
 
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I don't know if it feasible for you, but what about a herding breed dog? I havethe same situation but my turkeys only come in my yard when I "invite" them in otherwise they just free range over our 11 acres and stay out. If you are going to raise them long term its a possible solution, with the right dog.
 
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If the problem is them flying over fences, clip the feathers on one wing. They wont get airborne anymore. Just one wing per bird, it unbalances them so they cant fly.
 
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How big is your freezer?

What is the size of your flock and how much property do you have to free range them on?

Big birds make big poop and lots of it.

I free ranged the first time and confined the second. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
 
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