In the wild, the turkeys on our homestead spend most of their day on the ground foraging for food. But where do they sleep? We explore both where wild turkeys sleep alongside what sort of bedding/roosting to provide for domesticated turkeys.
Where do turkeys sleep?
Wild turkeys usually sleep in trees during the winter months. They also roost in trees during the summer months if there aren’t any tall grasses available. The reason why turkeys sleep in trees is because it provides them with protection from predators such as hawks, owls, foxes, etc.
Turkeys are a very social bird and will often roost in groups together. They have been known to form large flocks of up to 100 birds at times. However, turkeys prefer to be alone when sleeping. This is because turkeys don’t like to share space with other animals. When turkeys feel crowded or uncomfortable, they may become aggressive towards each other. If you want to keep your turkey happy, try providing him/her with plenty of room to roam around.
What kind of bedding should I use for my turkey?
Turkeys love soft feathers and straw. You can purchase a variety of different types of bedding from pet stores. Some people even make their own bedding by mixing hay with sawdust. .
Where Do Baby Turkeys Sleep?
Baby turkeys tend to sleep in a nest made out of leaves, twigs, grass, etc. In fact, baby turkeys are born in nests that are already built by their mothers. These nests are typically located in hollows in trees or under bushes.
When do baby turkeys start eating solid foods?
Turkeys eat solid foods starting at about 4 weeks old. At this age, they begin to develop teeth and claws. Once these babies reach 6-8 weeks old, they’ll be ready to go outside and explore their surroundings.
What about domesticated turkeys? What sort of bedding shall I provide?
Domesticated turkeys need to be provided with a lot of space. They’re not used to being cooped up inside all day long. They require lots of exercise and fresh air. Therefore, they need to be given access to an open area.
Turkeys need a secure warm place to sleep at night with space of no less than 4 square feet (0.4m2) per bird and good ventilation above head height so that they are not affected by draughts. The ideal is two birds per square meter with a minimum perch size of 40 centimeters per bird. Converted sheds or large chicken coops are ideal for raising turkeys. If possible, provide roosting areas where they can rest at night.
Their housing should be covered with layers of wood shavings or sawdust, but avoid hay or straw because these materials will absorb the ammonia smell from the droppings and hay may contain harmful spores that can lead to respiratory infections in all birds.
What kind of trees do turkeys roost in?
Domesticated and Wild Turkeys do not mind what sort of trees they roost in – They just want to be protected from predators and the ability to roost nice and high. Any tree with strong branches will suffice!