Is there any type of birds that should stay away from my chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickemee, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    l was wondering cause I just read about someone wanting to try hatching pigeons and pheasents and other birds from there chickens. If she did this would it really be ok. Also would those birds think there chickens.
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    turkeys and guineas should stay away from chickens
     
  3. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    turkeys and guineas should stay away from chickens

    why?​
     
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Turkeys can carry "blackhead" which is bad for the chickens.
    Guineas can be insane and pick the chicks to bits.
     
  5. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Turkeys can carry "blackhead" which is bad for the chickens.
    Guineas can be insane and pick the chicks to bits.

    Thank you!​
     
  6. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    Is blackhead contagious to mature chickens as well?
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Chickens can be the silent carriers of black head and this disease can kill your turkeys. As for guineas, they are a more dominant type of bird and can get very aggressive against chickens if they feel like it. However, with enough space, if they cross range while free raining or in a large barn, people have kept them together. It is not generally recomended you keep different types of fowl or poultry together.

    The birds you want to stay away from your chickens are wild ones as they can carry feather lice and mites which are transmittable to your birds too.
     
  8. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    If they try and hatch pigeons they will die amidiatly because they are altruicious and chicken precosious meaning that pigeon babies need to be fed and chicken babies find their own food. I would also agree that you should keep turkeyes and guineas away from hens.

    Henry
     
  9. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Yes, blackhead is more of a problem for the *turkeys*, not for the chickens from whom they can catch it. OTOH the turkey version of Marek's is actually arguably a *good* thing for chickens to catch, as it does not cause tumors to form and acts as a sort of natural vaccination helping the chickens resist other, nastier 'chicken' strains fo the disease.


    Pat
     
  10. hooligan

    hooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2007
    Arkansas
    And blackhead is contagious to turkeys during all life stages? Is there a vac for it?
    I don't have turkeys but I wanted to have some in the future...
     

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