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can you mix turkeys with chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by norahsmommy, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. norahsmommy

    norahsmommy In the Brooder

    We are new to this whole chicken thing, and will start raising them this summer. My question is, can I mix turkeys in with chickens? Hubby wanted to know if we had 1 or 2 turkeys would they get along with the chickens or would they have to be separated?
  2. Peepthis541

    Peepthis541 Songster

    Oct 25, 2008
    Eugene, OR
    A neighbor of mine has over 10 hens a few roosters all co-mingling with a few turkeys. I never asked her of any issues. But I assume there were none. I have peeked at her diverse flock numerous times and it seems all good over there!

    Good Luck!
  3. MissJames

    MissJames Songster

    Oct 17, 2008
    Coastal SC
    Quote:I want to do the same thing.I did read that the protein ratio in the starter feed should be different for turkeys.I think the male Bourbon red turkey's are so beautiful.
  4. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    I really don't think it is a good Idea, it might brings more headache than what it worth, at the same time I am not an expert, so I don't want to tell anyone what to do or not to do.

    Thank you.

  5. illinichick

    illinichick Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    SE Il
    I raised a turkey with 25 hens and a Roo for 6 months and had no problems at all. A cousin had 6 turkeys and lost 5 to a fox. I took the loner and put her in with my crew at about age 2 months, so at that time she was about the same size of my hens. There were some pecking going on with the hens not letting the turkey eat first but the turkey did fine and was butchered this Nov. We miss her. We called her Bubbles because that was the sound she made.
  6. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    turkey can get black head disease from walking in chicken poop!
  7. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    Wasilla, Alaska
    What is black head disease?
  8. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    Quote:I believe the black head desease has to be present, and the turkey has to eat the desease, which if present is in the chicken poop. Turkeys are most susceptable to Black head, but it must be present for them to get it.

    That said, I 4 turkeys now(heritage breeds) with no problems, and put 7 (Broad breasts) in the freezer(some are no longer there), and had no problems.
  9. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    you can find information about it on feathersite!

    I was told not to so I research the information & I still put my BB with in with chickens! I figured they would be processes in 4 to 5 months anyway!

    I am not sure I would do again because of the mess they make & the should have different food!

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