How to detect Blackhead?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by rainnotebook, May 11, 2010.

  1. rainnotebook

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    I know some places do not have blackhead and I want to know if I do. I have turkeys and would like to keep them with my chickens, but I don't know if I can (or should). If there is a post about this please direct me, I couldn't find it.

    Also what is blackhead and can it be treated?
     
  2. Try contacting your local agriculture office and ask them if its in your area.
     
  3. rainnotebook

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    Great! Thank you both so much!
     
  4. rainnotebook

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    So I called my local agriculture and the lady at the desk said she didn't know anything about blackhead but she would find out and have them call me back.

    Well I just got a call back from the "main guy" there and he said that I must have misunderstood everyone. He said that blackhead affects cattle and not fowl. I asked if he was sure because I was told that chickens aren't affected but can spread it to turkeys. He said "nope doesn't affect fowl"

    So what the heck?
     
  5. Stina

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  6. rainnotebook

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    Maybe... either that or he sucks at his job. [​IMG]

    He also said that blackhead is everywhere. Which if it was... why would I ask?
     
  7. A.T. Hagan

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    Quote:He was probably talking about "blackleg" which is a disease of cattle.
    http://cattletoday.info/blackleg.htm

    For blackhead in poultry I'd contact the ag college at the University of Arizona. I'd give you a link, but I'm finding their website to be difficult. You'll want to speak to someone in their poultry department. Chances are you'll be better off to get that person's e-mail addy.
     
  8. OmaBird

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    Quote:Maybe your Ag is not familar with Blackhead in turkeys because you live in a arid climate like I do. We don't get blackhead here in the desert.
     
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