Originally Posted by AmeraucanaKay
Hi everyone, this is my first time on this thread. Thank you for sharing all of this info. My husband and I have slowly started expanding on our land and are now considering adding turkey and or geese for meat. I'm wondering if you all have photos of housing you have built for them as well as tips or pros and cons of each for someone who has not raised them before. I am also confused by the fact that I have found some info saying you cannot under any circumstance keep turkeys near chickens. However I have seen photo after photo of chickens and turkeys free ranging together? If someone has and insight I would greatly appreciate the advice. I have some books but it's never the same as straight from a homesteader! Sry about any spelling/word mix up, I'm typing this on my phone and These darn things are a pain lol thanks!!
I have turkeys and chickens in the same coop. As rancher hicks say take everything you read with a grain of salt, even here on BYC. We all do things a little different and in ways that work for us.
The reason people tell you to not keep turkeys and chickens together is "blackhead" a disease carried by worms from chicken where (as I understand it) it does no harm. to turkeys where it can be fatal.
There is no blackhead in my area, I live on very sandy soil, both of those things make it safer for me. You need to decide on your own and from whether blackhead exists in your area.
Some people say turkeys beat up on the chickens. I have not had that problem, I have had the occasional rooster/Tom spar, but I have tom on tom and rooster on rooster too. It is just them making a pecking order.
Have fun decide what works for you, Take the ideas that work for you, test the ones you think might be feasible, disregard those that will not work.
We all live in different areas and farm differently. Even the ideas I do not adopt marvel me. So many of us doing so many thing to get to the same goal of more self sufficiency and healthier food.
Join us on the turkey threads if you want more info, I think most there have both chickens and turkeys.
Edited by duluthralphie - 1/31/16 at 6:17am