chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nhreds3953, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. nhreds3953

    nhreds3953 New Egg

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    can chickens and turkeys live together
     
  2. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    If they have anuff room, yes.
     
  3. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I am not mistaken I heard Turkies are common hosts for Histomoniasis a type of protazoa. For this reason it is not recommended that turkies be house with chickens as chickens may infect turkies, while it is not as deadly to chickens it effets turkies more severely causing mortality.

    That being said, I don't know exactly how common it is- most people I know let their turkies and chickens free range together.


    www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/htm/bc/203000.htm

    Prevention and Treatment:
    Because healthy chickens often carry infected cecal worms, any contact between chickens and turkeys should be avoided. Grouse and quail also may carry the infection to turkey yards. Because H gallinarum ova can survive in soil for many months or years, turkeys should not be put on ground contaminated by chickens. Once established in a flock, infection spreads rapidly without the use of a carrier.

    (NOT TO SCARE YOU!!! but good info to know and be aware of) [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010
  4. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    True, but I know of several people who do mix chickens and turkeys.

    I have a turkey who hangs out with the chickens and geese.
     
  5. allmypeeps

    allmypeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah, when I was younger and my parents had poultry the turks and chickens raomed together...

    I DO hear it cautioned though- so was wondering if it is actually a true threat as it seems everyone is doing it???
     

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