Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Barred Rock Cafe

It was time to move the young Bourbon Red turkeys out of the brooder. A new batch was hatching and we needed the brooder for the next batch of birds. They were large enough and had enough feathers that we had weaned them off of the lights for warmth and they were ready for their new home. 

He made this tractor for raising young birds on the ground so that they can be moved through the grass to feed but still have the protection from hawks and other predators. Eventually it will be on wheels. They are on order and we are waiting for them to come in. 


And they are loving being in the grass and are growing like mad.

And at night they have a secure box in one end that we close so that we know that they are safe and dry. 

And just in time for the next babies to go in the brooder under the lights. 

Of course there is always one trouble maker in the pack that doesn't want to go in the pen: )

Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter


  1. That is a really nice grow out pen !

  2. I love this! I want to build one to raise bunnies in.

  3. I guess it likes the view from the penthouse. ;o)

    So if you let them range, how much would you guess they eat in feed?

  4. That's a great looking pen. Have you ever had a young turkey to get a twisted leg? A friend bought some young turkeys and a couple days later one of them had a twisted leg and she has no idea why or if there is anything she can do for it.
    Thanks for any info

    1. Young birds legs are very vulnerable. Many times a chicken/turkey/quail/pheasant will come out of the egg with a leg messed up. Do a search for bumble foot. Many times if they did not start out that way they have been injured or dropped. I have never successfully rehabilitated a bird with bumble foot or leg injuries.


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