Turkeys like to be reared in the forest
Rearing turkeys in a forest seems like a good idea. There is plenty of shade, water and greenery.
But, what about the foxes?
This was the first reaction of Traditional Farmfresh Turkey Association
members during a recent open day to a Christmas turkey unit that rears birds in
All the trees, long grass and green undergrowth is ideal cover for
marauding foxes. So, how many birds do you lose to foxes in a season?
Stephen Childerhouse of Great Grove Poultry, Norfolk, who reared 3000 of
his bronze Christmas birds in a forest last year said: â€œJust three birds in all
the 15 years.â€
According to him, predators are kept away thanks to a waist-high ring of
electric fencing circling the six-acre site. At nightfall, birds can roost in
safety on the lower branches, settle down in the undergrowth or take advantage
of the sheds.
â€œWe all know that the turkey is a jungle bird, so it seemed logical to keep
the trees and let the birds have some fun,â€ said Childerhouse. â€œEvery one of the
15 or so Christmas flocks that we have had over the years has responded
However, Childerhouse does admit that forest flocks do not taste any
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