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So  I went to the feed store, and the guy said if I house my turkeys with chickens they will catch "black death".  Is this true?  I have them in the same coop run they are about 3 weeks

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post #2 of 12

mine have been together for 3 years with no problems. blackhead used to be a problem along time ago, if it is in your soil you may have problems, I think you can have your soil tested. You will find mixed feelings about this, some do not raise their turkeys with chickens for fear of this. I just did research and did find that there is medicine for blackhead now too.
I personally like my birds together, My chickens..ducks..turkeys...and guineas all free range together.

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I took the turks out today, and they seemed depressed.  sigh.  I think I will give them back to eachother.

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post #4 of 12

turkeys do get depressed. A friend of mine said she had turkeys and they used to follow her to her car every day, and she accidently ran over one of them, and she said the turkeys all gathered around their friend, and she said they looked like they were mourning..they stood there for a long time... and after that they never followed her to her car again.

post #5 of 12

I have raised my chickens, turkeys, guineas and geese all together, in the same coop and free ranged together. My inderstanding is this:
Chickens can be carriers and unaffected by it after about 6 months. It is almost always fatal to turkeys and other fowl. So to stop the potential spread from chickens to the other fowl, you are supposed to separate them.
I live in MIssouri and Black Head is rather rare around here. And it'e kind of like measles: Some one has to have it in order to pass it on to the next animal. Now some people are real fanatics about this and separating their birds. Me, I've always gotten healthy chicks from the hatchery and raised them together. Never had a single problem.
Hope all goes well for you.
And yes, I'd put them back in with each other. They become family and I swear some of them don't know they are different than the others.
Clay

post #6 of 12

honestly i feel it is not worth the risk blackhead is an ugly gross death i recommend keeping them separate. if your poult is depressed then give it some love. thats what we did and she is fine now. she follows us around the yard and is really happy and i kow i am not going to give her some horrid disease. why risk her a little depression can be cured with attention from you... blackhead is a nasty uncurable death. sickbyc  think of it like smoking not everyone will die from it but when you do it is an awful way to go. there are always people who tell you theirr uncle lived till 98 and was a three pack a day smoker but is tha worth the risk to you?

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post #7 of 12

Has anyone encountered Blackhead in turkeys that live with chickens? I read the other day that it's a rare problem these days.

Jkioneil, I think that your advice not to allow turkeys to smoke is very sound. I don't let mine touch alcohol either. wink

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post #8 of 12

my dad use to raise chickens and turkeys but stoped about 10 years ago when he raised his he had a bad problem with turkeys getting blackhead from the chickens. he raised them across the field from where mine are now but mine dont have a problem with black head but i do keep my turkeys seperate from my chickens until there almost full grown just in case seems that older turkeys are less likly to get it the baby turkeys.

post #9 of 12

In all our years of raising them we haven't had any problems with blackhead.

Steve

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Originally Posted by thaiturkey 

Has anyone encountered Blackhead in turkeys that live with chickens? I read the other day that it's a rare problem these days.

Jkioneil, I think that your advice not to allow turkeys to smoke is very sound. I don't let mine touch alcohol either. wink


lol I know right it only leads to hard drugs later.....

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