Can I keep a few turkeys with my small flock of chickens?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chicmom, May 9, 2011.

  1. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Lately, I've been really wanting a few turkeys, just two at the most. Anyhow, I've heard you can't keep chickens and turkeys together due to blackhead disease....But then a farmer friend of mine says it's no problem......

    I surely don't want to get a turkey, just to watch it pass away from a disease, and also, I want to make sure I have the proper facilities for a turkey, to keep it happy and healthy.

    Also, would they get along (chickens and turkeys)? Would the bigger turkeys attack the chickens? I just don't want any fighting or drama.....

    What do you all recommend?
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Hello, Anybody? I need some help!

    Thank you!
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Well it certainly is possible to spread blackhead. I have never had a blackhead problem and I have been having my turkeys and chickens together for many years. My turkeys and chickens live together and there are minimal problems. Nothing big. The turkey hens may pick on a rooster or 2 every now and then but then again, the roosters need to be tamed from time to time. My Tom has never ever attacked anyone. If someone pics on him (roosters), he will get in their face and tell them a word or 2 but nothing major.

    Some people separate their chickens from their turkeys and other have them all together. It's really just individual choices. I enjoy having them all together.
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  4. Smiles-N-Sunshine

    Smiles-N-Sunshine Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2008
    Palominas, Arizona
    Same here - a few roo vs tom squabbles from time to time, but nothing major. No worse than roo vs guinea or roo vs drake, and certainly not as bad as roo vs roo.
  5. southerngamebirds1

    southerngamebirds1 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2009
    northwest florida
    ive been doing it for years w/no probs. as in post earlier, ive had more roo on roo probs than turky chicken probs. just watch where u get ur stock and dont bring it in. good luck
  6. upstateNYandy

    upstateNYandy Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 11, 2011
    we have our turks & chicks together too. Just 9 weeks old and no problems so far. they were together since they were born. finally got our rooster today (born yesterday)and more worried about introducing him in 4 or 5 weeks.
  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Thank you! I'm picking up my first poults on Saturday, and I'm really excited!
  8. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2008
    Blackhead has to be present for them to get it... is your farmer friend local and raise both? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, then you might not have it in your area.

    The biggest problem with having them together otherwise is during breeding season if a tom decides to mate with chicken hens... that can end very badly for the hen.

    One word of warning, though... turkeys can be highly addictive. Their personalities and curious nature... so you can't say we didn't tell you! [​IMG]

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