Can chickens and turkeys live together in the same coop?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by boolissa, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. boolissa

    boolissa New Egg

    Jan 4, 2013
    We have a few chickens and recently we got a male and female turkey. Well, we put them in with our chickens because they have a very large coop. (5 hens, 1 rooster, 1 tom and 1 female turkey hen live in this coop). Well, the female hen turkey has started coughing and won't eat and I'm really worried about her. Someone told us recently that turkeys and chickens can't live together in the same coop so now I wonder if that is why she is sick. I feel really bad for her because she sounds awful and just stands in the corner of coop and wont eat or drink. What can I do? And did we do a bad thing by putting them in with the chickens? I sure can use any advice that anyone can give. Thanks. P.S. I read about the Tylan and I will get some for them.
  2. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2012
    Tickfaw, Louisiana
    How old are the turkeys and did you quarantine them for 30 days before adding them to the coop?
  3. missnatalie

    missnatalie Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 3, 2012
    my chicks and turks get along very well , about 8 months or so. my turkey hen likes to get in the nesting box for the chickens instead of her own.maybe she laying on the chicken eggs. i have 4 turks and 16 chickens
  4. frank53061

    frank53061 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know there are brain washed people out there that think if a Doctor or a Veterinarian did not prescribe it there is no hope.
    There will be Illnesses out there that only a Prescription will fix.
    But there are some people out there in the world that don't have ready access to Drugs that may be needed.
    I have two simple home remedy cures that I want to pass on others need to chime in.

    1. Boil down some Tobacco into a dark solution not to thick you cant use a Tea spoon to pour it down a Fowls throat this is good for worms of about any kind repeat 1 tea spoons full down the throat 1 to 2 times a day 2 to 3 days depending on how bad the Infestation is after allowing the bird to swallow hold upside down by feet and allow the bird to cough up the worms if they are throat worms if not do not hold up side down the bird will need to keep the Tobacco in there system and the Nicotine in there blood stream.

    2. Corn starch or potato starch is a good blood stop use it dry pack the wound or slightly dampen it first before using holding it to the bleeding wound till the blood stops flowing.

    Here are two preventive things you can do to maintain good health.

    D.E. diatamais earth food grade place this in there food one time a month and this will prevent the Fowl from getting worms 1 cup to 5 gallon feed bucket and this should be fed out over a 3 to 4 day period you can also dust your birds with this to prevent parasites this will work on all animals.

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  5. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2012
    Tickfaw, Louisiana
    Frank, I totally agree. I use ACV in all of my animal's water, Rabbits, dogs, cats and in my salads sometimes too!
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  6. Rodster

    Rodster Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2011
    Tampa Bay, Florida
    Hi. sorry to hear about your hen. All i can say is to do research and find out why before she gets weak. as for chickens and turkeys living together, i have had great success with this and never a problem. 3 t hens and a tom with up to 30 chickens at once in the same run. i like tylan 50 very much but i know it's not a cure all.
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    What I usually worry about is histomoniasis (blackhead). Coughing is not a symptom of it, but secondary infections, both fungal and bacterial are. If you can, take your turkey to a vet ASAP. When they aren't drinking/eating, they go downhill very fast.

    Tylan (tylosin) is more effective against gram positive infections, so if she has a gram positive infection, Tylan might help, but if it's a gram negative or fungal infection, it won't help at all and could make a fungal infection worse.

    If she were mine, I would bring her inside where it's warm, weigh her and inspect her poop. Can you post any pictures of her poop?
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
  8. kimehag

    kimehag Out Of The Brooder

    hi i have 4 turkeys an 3 chickens an a cockerel and all have lived together fine for the last 3 years.ive not had any illnesses and they all get along extremely well so maybe it was about to get ill anyway if that helps....
  9. boolissa

    boolissa New Egg

    Jan 4, 2013
    Well, our turkey hen is still not doing well and we have looked everywhere in our small town for Tylan. Where on earth can we find it? We went to our local Southern States and Tractor Supply and they only had the Tylan for cattle. Can we use that? If so, what dosage would we give her? Southern States recommended Terra-Vet 10 (tetracycline hydrochloride) but she doesn't seem to be getting any better. She just "coughs" and then starts gagging until she brings stuff up. We separated the turkeys from the chickens and put up a heat light for her. We have also been wiping her down with Vet-Rx solution but nothing seems to work. Her droppings look normal (maybe slightly on the loose side now from the tetracycline but otherwise normal). We have been treating her with the tetracycline for almost 7 days and she just doesnt seem like she is getting any better.

    We have looked everywhere for the Tylan - any suggestions on where we can find it in the Gastonia-Hickory area of NC? We are extremely concerned and definitely want the turkey hen to start feeling better. Thanks in advance for any suggestions that anyone can give.
  10. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    The Tylan for cattle (usually the 200 in injectable) is probably doable, but the 50 is easier to work with, can be ordered online:

    Please read through this thread completely (pretty good description - if 200 is all you can get then quarter the dose recommended for the 50) Weighing the hen and working out the mg/kg is the most accurate. Most feedstores/supply carry syringes, call around.

    Good luck!

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