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It seems I was told by someone not to keep turkeys and chickens together.  Is there anything to that?  Is it okay to keep them together?

Tonya

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A lot of people keep chickens and turkeys together.  I'm one of them.  When I decided to get my turks I called up the county extension office to ask them if they'd had any problems with blackhead in this area.  Their answer?  "Huh?"  Figuring if they didn't even know what it was and knowing that this land had been virgin pasture I figured I was safe.  So far, no problems with the turkeys getting sick from chickens.
Just check around at your extension office or feed store and see if they've heard about anyone nearby having blackhead.  If they haven't (and it seems to be a regional thing) you'll probably be okay.

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Lor-Greg's main chick, Mom to eight kids, 3 dogs, no one knows how many cats, two Jersey cows, four dairy goats, Giant Cochins, Bourbon Turkeys, Midget White Turkeys, and now Standard Bronze Turkeys.
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I have 2 turks with 12 chickens and everything goes well everyday. The only fighting is between the 2 turks when eating.

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I too, have Turkeys in with my chickens.  Actually I have turkeys, chikcens, guineas, and a duck all together and they've always done fine.  I think the turkeys are 6 now and have never had any problems.  Just ask about black head like Farmorlor said.

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I also keep mine together.....turkeys and chickens.  Everyone gets along fine and there haven't been any illnesses due to them being together.

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Thanks for the replies.  This land was also virgin farm land before we moved here and got chickens.

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NPIP Certified.  Showgirl silkies, bearded and nonbearded silkies, call ducks, Standard Cochins, Bantam Cochins, Sizzle Bantam Cochins, Chocolate turkeys, and Royal Palm turkeys.  AI and NPIP Certified #1008.
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NPIP Certified.  Showgirl silkies, bearded and nonbearded silkies, call ducks, Standard Cochins, Bantam Cochins, Sizzle Bantam Cochins, Chocolate turkeys, and Royal Palm turkeys.  AI and NPIP Certified #1008.
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Originally Posted by tplummer 

It seems I was told by someone not to keep turkeys and chickens together.  Is there anything to that?  Is it okay to keep them together?

Tonya


I have turkeys, chickens, ducks, & geese all living together in the same coops at night, & free ranging all day together.  We even have goats that we let out every other day to run free with everyone. There's even a turkey in with our rabbits! Our rabbits run free in a coop on the ground & we have a turkey in with them with no problems.

No problems here! ALL of our birds are freerangers from dawn to dusk every day!


Edited by RedfogsFlock - 10/3/10 at 4:21pm
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1 leghorn, 2 polish, 2 buff's, & a dozen silkies in a pear tree!  4 dogs a barking, 6 kids a squabbling, & one WONDERFUL husband! 
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post #8 of 9
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Thanks.  The man I got them from has them all together.  He gave me some ideas to keep them healthy and happy together.  Wish me luck.  I got, hopefully, a male and female Narrangansett and Royal Palm pair, hopefully.  They are only about 8 weeks.  We will see before long.

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NPIP Certified.  Showgirl silkies, bearded and nonbearded silkies, call ducks, Standard Cochins, Bantam Cochins, Sizzle Bantam Cochins, Chocolate turkeys, and Royal Palm turkeys.  AI and NPIP Certified #1008.
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NPIP Certified.  Showgirl silkies, bearded and nonbearded silkies, call ducks, Standard Cochins, Bantam Cochins, Sizzle Bantam Cochins, Chocolate turkeys, and Royal Palm turkeys.  AI and NPIP Certified #1008.
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post #9 of 9

I don't keep my chickens and turkeys together. They do not free range either. I do however have one peking duck and two roosters that free range and no problems so far. I heard you should not mix them cause they can get different disease from each other and their stool carries it but people do all the time.

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Good work is not cheap and cheap work is not good.

She felt he loved her the most when it seemed to him she loved him the least.

Nothing good comes easy....and nothing that comes easy is good.
Good things don't end......unless they end badly!
I have been called worse-by better!

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