Monday, March 11, 2013

Roosting tree in Sgt. Jen's original Guinea Palace

One of Valhalla's Freedom Ranger chickens testing the new roosting tree that we've put up for the four young turkey poults! 

SFC Michelle hammered an important lesson into our heads: roosts *must* be made of real branches, *never* squared-off lumber or artificial materials of any kind since that can cause poultry feet to cramp and deform. 

Michelle built a beautiful roost from branches inside the turkey house, and then today we took the lesson a step
further by installing a small tree inside Sgt. Jen's original Guinea Palace. One chicken couldn't resist trying it out, although in the next few days the chickens will be forced out so the turkey poults can move in.

April 2013 update: the January turkey poults high up in the roosting tree, they really enjoy it so it was certainly worth the effort of building it...

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