keeping turkeys and chickens together

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by farmfriends1224, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. farmfriends1224

    farmfriends1224 In the Brooder

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    hey i was wondering how do you keep chickens and turkeys together cause my turkeys always start fighting the chickens
     
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  2. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

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    Well, I think they need a much bigger space so the chickens have a chance to run away. Also some hiding spots and perches will help.

    I've heard most people usually keep them separate, or a least put in a barrier that the chickens can fit through but the turkeys can't, so the chickens have a safe place to hang out.

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  3. Abriana

    Abriana Spicy Sugar Cookie

    Welcome to BYC!
    Sometimes turkeys will get something called Blackhead from being housed with chickens. I'd say it's not too common and lots of people keep both together and have zero issues, but I will say that there is no cure so it's a risk you'd take.
     
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  4. farmfriends1224

    farmfriends1224 In the Brooder

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    thx guys i also have 3 roosters how many hens do i need to have
     
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    Texas Kiki Set 40 eggs Jan. 2!

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  6. farmfriends1224

    farmfriends1224 In the Brooder

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    thx also i was wondering if geese will get along with chickens
     
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  7. DobieLover

    DobieLover Crossing the Road

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I think you'll get the answers you are looking for from others. I just keep chickens.
    Good luck!
     
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  8. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

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    Hello, and welcome!
     
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  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC. Given enough space geese and turkeys can coexist with chickens, but in more crowded situations problems are very likely to arise. Unless birds are free ranged 3 roosters may be too many for most flocks.
     
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  10. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Free Ranging

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    The roosters will divide your hens into their own separate flocks, so usually one roo will take 5-10 hens, and it'll be more peaceful if they each have their own coop... to keep fights from breaking out. Depending on his "manners" a rooster can easily overbreed and hurt too few hens. Might be better off just keeping one roo, unless you have tons of space, enough to fit 30+ chickens. Are you interested in breeding? Hens are usually happier with only one (or zero) boys around.
     
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