Hi turkey folks, I was pondering about ways to help with disease prevention. My place has become an official Mud Farm (anyone wanna buy some mud?) and we lost one adult turkey hen to something, maybe blackhead. Thank goodness it all froze solid now. In general I've been trying to improve our drainage, but the barn is fixed in place and I have a mixed flock - recipes for disaster, conventional wisdom tells. My strategy in the long run is to not breed birds that have gotten sick, and I never use antibiotics unless I have symptoms that fit. I know there are some vaccines out there that might be wise, though, especially for coccidia. I guess my burning question is whether anyone has intentionally contaminated their brooders with poo from adult birds, to have a similar effect to a live, unattenuated vaccine? I have had some turkey hens that reared their poults on their own, and lost very few until predators caught them, so the little ones must be able to survive some exposure to momma's flora. Maybe it's a terrible idea, just curious!