BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Turkeys › mixing chickens and turkeys
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

mixing chickens and turkeys

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

I am getting 15 turkeys on the 1st and I want to know if it is ok to mix the turkeys with the chickens ?

post #2 of 14

I am not an advocate of mixing fowl. The turkeys grow big and fast and will out grow your chickens. They will also pick on the chickens alot and can hurt them due to their size dominance. I like everything nice and tidy living in their own coops and runs.

LF Blue/Black/Splash Orpingtons - Appleyard Ducks - Geese - Bronze Turkeys - Dairy Goats - Fiber Sheep + eleventy hundred more animals
My Etsy Shop
Reply
LF Blue/Black/Splash Orpingtons - Appleyard Ducks - Geese - Bronze Turkeys - Dairy Goats - Fiber Sheep + eleventy hundred more animals
My Etsy Shop
Reply
post #3 of 14

Not a good idea to mix them if you can avoid it for the same reasons MissPrissy stated.

It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education, than to have education without common sense.  Robert Ingersoll   
Stevens Poultry Farm
My Fathers Mission Work
Reply
It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education, than to have education without common sense.  Robert Ingersoll   
Stevens Poultry Farm
My Fathers Mission Work
Reply
post #4 of 14

Also turkeys are susceptable (-1sp)  to BlackHead, which can be deadly to them will find a link and post here. ------------>http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/library/lvstk2/EP69.pdf

I know it is a long article, but there is good information in there.


Edited by Marlinchaser - 3/30/08 at 8:27am
post #5 of 14

Also turkeys are notorious for carrying MG & MS.  There is only one state in the Nation that is MS free and that is Minnesota.

MG is usually worse than MS. 

There are alot of people out there that claim that by mixing turkeys with chickens the chickens will get an immunity to Mareks Disease.

I have not read any literature on it, but I just don't see how a chicken can get immunity from a turkey.

Jean
President of the Ameraucana Breeders Club/UOC Member - Disclaimer:  "Not all opinions made by me are the opinions of the ABC"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reply

Jean
President of the Ameraucana Breeders Club/UOC Member - Disclaimer:  "Not all opinions made by me are the opinions of the ABC"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reply
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

MARLINCHASER the link is not working ,wat should i do about seperating my chickens and turkey (I dont have alot of land so i cant let them run free ) and my neibor threatened to shoot them

post #7 of 14

How big is your pen? I would mostly be worried about the turkeys jumping on the chickens when they fly down from the perches. A few turkeys in with chickens are usually not a problem, but I'm not sure about having that many in with the chickens. I have three mixed in with a flock of chickens, but they get plenty of free range time.

If you have a lot of space in your coop, you might be ok. If it's going to be cramped, I'd say just build a new coop and run for them instead of taking the chance you might lose birds. If you are only planing to keep a few, you should be fine mixing them. Generally, the turkeys and chickens rarely bother with each other.

I have never had a problem with diseases spreading from my turkeys to my chickens, but I have read plenty about it. It would be hard to prevent some of those diseases from occurring if the two types of poultry are in the same yard, or next to each other. So either if you mix them or if you don't, there is still a chance of birds getting sick. THe only way to fully prevent disease is through super bio security, and even that is not fail safe.


Edited by Chickerdoodle13 - 3/30/08 at 4:03pm
"If we long for our planet to be important, there is something we can do about it. We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers." ~Carl Sagan

"We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem." ~Douglas Adams
Reply
"If we long for our planet to be important, there is something we can do about it. We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers." ~Carl Sagan

"We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem." ~Douglas Adams
Reply
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

C:\\dillons pics\\SUNP0066.JPG

here is a link that has a picture of my pen on it

post #9 of 14

i definitly wouldnt....those things are waaaay to big...not that i dont like turkeys

http://dirtyseagulls.deviantart.com/ Check out my artwork you guys! I do cartoooons!
YOU FORGOT THE PICKLES!!!

Reply

http://dirtyseagulls.deviantart.com/ Check out my artwork you guys! I do cartoooons!
YOU FORGOT THE PICKLES!!!

Reply
post #10 of 14

I have one turkey in with my chickens and they get along fine.  Like Lauren said, I've never had a problem with diseases passing between my turkey and chickens, but it can happpen.

dilloncovington, you need to load your pics onto a photo hosting site, like http://www.photobucket.com then you can put the link to the pic in your post.

Julie

http://tideviewbantams.webs.com
Bearded and non-bearded silkies in black, paint, and self blue (lavender).  Bantam polish in white-crested black, chocolate, and khaki.  Lahore and frillback pigeons.
Reply
Julie

http://tideviewbantams.webs.com
Bearded and non-bearded silkies in black, paint, and self blue (lavender).  Bantam polish in white-crested black, chocolate, and khaki.  Lahore and frillback pigeons.
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Turkeys
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Turkeys › mixing chickens and turkeys