I am very new to this and am sorry to ask repetitive questions.... Has anyone ever heard of blackhead in Northern Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? Is it more/less common in areas that have very long, cold winters, with lots of snow? Are certain soils more risky? My yard is pure red clay Will worming my 3 chickens help? If I keep them separate in the summer when they are outside, would it be possible to keep them together in the winter, we get many many feet of snow and I don't think I will be able to let the birds out in it. I thought that they might like to be together to keep warm, I do plan on some type of heat, but nothing too hot, just something to keep it above freezing. Below zero is very common up here, I am currently in the process of insulating and replacing really old windows in my childhood "playhouse"... now the new and improved chicken/turkey coop... If chickens are exposed to this blackhead stuff, will it go away(worming?) or does it always stay in them? I bought some wormer Wazine 17, I have not used it yet because the label confused me: It says for meat chickens you can use 14 days before butchering... but for layers not to use if you will be eating their eggs... Does this mean if I worm my hens I can never eat the eggs, or does it mean I can worm them and just not eat the eggs for 14 days? Either way they are not laying yet, but I am confused... I was planning on separating the 3 chickens and 2 turkeys because of this blackhead disease, but no one around here seems to have heard of it, and I also thought I should separate them once my chickens start laying eggs, I didn't know if my turkeys would hurt the eggs or not, and I wasn't sure if the oyster shells would be bad for my turkeys(especially my tom) My 5 birds have been together since they were at the feed store 15 weeks ago... My gold star(named Red Wing) thinks she is a turkey, she follows the turkeys around while my other 2 chickens a buff orpington (named Canuck) and my Araucana (named Pouf Head... my boyfriend named her, he is not Mr. Creative) do chicken things. But I notice that the turkeys do eat the chicken poop, they always have, on purpose and often. I realize this is a problem. I wish I could get some pictures on here... I got some cute pictures of my tom he started strutting when he was only about 8-9 weeks old, (I got him on 5/10 and he was strutting alot around 7/10. I noticed when he was even younger once in a while he would attempt to strut but didn't really have enough feathers ) they are cute pictures. Unrelated question: I read that the broad-breasted bronze and white turkeys cannot breed... Can the standard bronze turkeys breed? At about 15 weeks old about how much would a broad-breasted bronze tom weigh compared to a standard bronze tom?