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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by FLURRYOFTEXAS, Jun 13, 2011.
i have some new chicks and a few new poults. can i mix these guys up in my chicken pen??
depends on if there's a history of blackhead or not? Myself and many others keep a mixed flock with no problems, but there are others that can't so much as keep chickens on the same farm as turkeys. You have to watch them closely, butt pecking seams to happen when they are mixed as chicks, once feathers come in not so much a problem.
I raised them with chickens and they are perfectly fine. But people seem to worry about blackhead, really it's up to you. I had no problems with it
i usally use couple chicks so they learn to eatfrom the chicks
I used a single black sex link chick in my 3 turkey brooder and they LOVED her lol, they followed her around and she taught them the ropes on where the food and drinks were and even where the roost was and how much fun it was to jump off it repeatedly lol.
I dont know if I have a problem with blackhead but apparently I do not, do it at your own risk but many people do it with no issues. I have heard more people with no issues than I have heard about people having issues so that is why I tried it, definitely made my turkey poults feel a little at ease to have a "friend" around that was not scared of us.
Turkey poults require a higher protein than chicks. That could end up being a problem.
I am hatching chicks for the sole purpose of raising them with my poults. One of the oldtimers that lives near me swears by it. He says turkeys are way to dumb by themselves but throw a couple of chicks in with them and they are much better off. They will watch the chicks and copy everything they do so will eat and drink much better for it. It must be hard work being a turkey mama.
What are signs of blackhead?
Quote:That's why I always hatch guineas with my poults. They teach them to eat and drink with no blackhead worries. They also eat the same feed. I have tried chicks but the 28-30% feeds seems to give the chicks pasty butt!