Can you guys and gals help prepare me for the introductions that will need to happen here next week... Right now the 1-yr old layers and rooster are in the main coop and run, any time that one of the ~10 week old turkeys got into their run the hens would go after the poult and we've had two 'scalpings'. Turkey poults are next to the chicken run but they get to free range mostly or hang out in the new extension of the chicken run (the original chicken run is not yet open to the extension). The meat birds are sharing a tractor with the heritage meaties (8 weeks old), but the meat birds will be processed this weekend so I'll just have the 9 Delaware & Dark Cornish left from that bunch.
We're heading out of town Memorial day weekend and right now the turkeys and meaties get out of their enclosures every day to free range (which is fine with me, but I don't want to make extra work for my neighbor). I had hoped that by the time we made this trip all of the birds could share the new, bigger run... but every time the birds accidentally get together there is trouble. The hens have really injured two of the turkeys with their pecking and I've seen turkeys pecking at and chasing the 8 week chickens, although there haven't been any actual injuries.
My choices are: Secure the turkey enclosure and chicken tractor so they can't escape to free range and keep everybody separate (I don't really like this because the turkey enclosure is small and was meant to share a run with the chickens, and then the neighbor has to feed 4 different places -> 3 poultry + rabbits). Or, the original plan which was to introduce everybody over the next two weeks, finish the expanded run, get the chicks into the big coop and have all the chickens and turkeys sharing a secure run.
The hens were out free ranging the other day and didn't seem to bother with the turkeys or the chicks, their problem with the turkeys only seems to be an issue when the turkey is in their run. What's the best way to do introductions? Free ranging so there is lots of space? I don't want our rooster out right now because there have been a lot of kids around and he's been a really bully since the weather warmed up, I might be able to just let the hens out though.