The Turkeys are getting BIG. So they need to graduate from dog crates and greenhouse life to real, outdoor life.
A few weeks ago, work on a real house for them started with a friend bringing over his backhoe and moving an old shed across the farm.
I then clad the shed in some inch-board planks to class the place up a bit (carpentry, one of my favorite parts of farming).
I am borrowing some poultry panels from the same friend mentioned above (Boy, do I have some fantastic friends - to say the least!) and we built an outdoor "turkey run" for them.
Because these birds are a heritage breed, Bourbon Reds, they can fly. There are two options in dealing with this: 1. clip their wings or 2. roof them in so they don't fly away. I choose option 1 so that in the event that they need to 'fly' up and away from a predator, they can. Also, you have to clips their wings multiple times throughout the season (like fingernails) and I just don't have time to maintain feather-do's.
So, here they are in the new space, loving life: eating bugs, bathing in dirt, perching in the sun...