Where Do Turkey Sleep?

November 10, 2023

The short answer is that turkeys sleep in trees. The longer answer is that they roost high up in a tree so they can be safe from predators and weather. Turkeys also tend to sleep in groups or flocks, especially during the winter when they can share body heat to stay warm. This social sleeping behavior may also help protect the turkeys from predators, as a single turkey is much more vulnerable than multiple turkeys together.

Wild turkeys have very poor eyesight in the dark and so sleep in trees to keep them protected from predators at night. They are highly selective when choosing their roosting tree, selecting one that is a good height off the ground and close to places where they can get food or water. They are particularly fond of roosting trees that provide them with shade from the sun during the day.

Baby turkeys (called poults) are not able to fly when they first hatch and will stay with their mother on the ground until they are old enough to climb up into a tree and sleep. Their mother will typically cover them with her wings to keep them warm at night.

It’s important to note that turkeys are very shy and will quickly become agitated when approached by humans. It’s best to keep your distance and observe them from a respectful distance using binoculars or a spotting scope if you are lucky enough to see them in the wild.


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