Brooding meat turkeys, meat ducks & Cornish crosses together

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by PurpleChicken, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Here's the situation:

    I have:
    5 Muscovy ducks in a small brooder on hay (2 weeks old)
    33 Turkeys in a big brooder on wood chips (not hay) (2 days to 9 days old)
    20 Fryers in a dog cage (2 weeks old)
    20 Cornish Cross coming next week

    I also have 20 Colored broilers free in the barn that are almost ready for
    slaughter.

    My Layers are seperate with their own area in the barn and their run and
    will stay that way. My 32 Quail have there own cage too.

    I'd like to brood then raise all the meat birds together instead of building
    more tractors or sectioning off the coop.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought the ducks shouldnt be on wood just for the first week or so, if not I need to go move a duck. [​IMG]
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    33 turkeys? [​IMG]

    Are you selling them off early???

    I have around 18 and 8 of those are BB bronze. They need lots of space. My coop house is 25 x 23 and still it seems small now that they are gaining real size. The biggest Tom's stand head high at my upper hip.

    How are you planning on keeping them and getting them to market weight?

    I am very curious. LOL

    The turkeys will out grow the meat chickens super fast. Turkey poops are huge. I would not eat a meat chicken that has been raised in turkey poop conditions.

    Good luck keeping up with the poop. You have alot of turkey poop to look forward to shoveling.
     
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:And he was complaining about pooper scouping behind 2 dogs. multiply that times 33 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:How big do you plan to let yours get?? Your not one that is gonna have a 50lb bird on Thanksgiving are you???
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have 2 people that have asked for 40lb birds.

    I plan to process mine at 25 - 30 pounds.

    I am keeping one Tom just to see how big he will go and let him live out his natural life here on the farm. I have some standard bronzes too. [​IMG]
     
  7. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Hmmm, turkey poop.... something to think about.

    I plan on keeping 10 turkeys max and only letting them get to 20 pounds.
    I should have mentioned that.

    It looks like I will need a new pen or tractor for the turkeys.

    Thanks MP and Marlin. That helped a lot.
     
  8. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Please extend the turkey/chicken poop issues. I do remember reading somewhere that turkeys and chickens shouldn't be raised together. I'm one of the crazy people getting some turkeys from PC. How much space is needed between turkeys and chickens. is turkey poo worse than cornish x poo? pc, remind me again why we're doing turkeys?
     
  9. PurpleChicken

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    Quote:Please extend the turkey/chicken poop issues. I do remember reading somewhere that turkeys and chickens shouldn't be raised together. I'm one of the crazy people getting some turkeys from PC. How much space is needed between turkeys and chickens. is turkey poo worse than cornish x poo? pc, remind me again why we're doing turkeys?

    Because Marlinchaser made me order them.

    Turkeys can get a disease called Blackhead when they are around chickens.
    There is medicated food for it but after talking to tons of people who have raised
    them together I'm just taking my chances.
     
  10. moodusnewchick

    moodusnewchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i just read an article about not even walking from chicken coop to turkey coop. the danger is to the turkeys right? the chickens have natural antibodies to turkey cooties right? from what i gather, it's the turkeys that pick up blackhead from chicken cooties, right?
     

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