Looking at raising Turkeys, please help!

theemerichfam

In the Brooder
Sep 17, 2015
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Hello everyone! I'm Ashley from PA and I was looking into getting some turkeys. First off, I am not familiar with breeds or different kinds, I was always told a turkey was a turkey. I fortunately got to have my own flock of chickens this past year, and I have learned so much from raising them from chicks. (I am still learning along the way, but it seems to come easier with time). Now, I am looking into turkeys, but I know I won't be bringing them into my life in the next couple of months. I am starting research now to better prepare myself. Any advice is welcome! I think I was just more concerned if they would get along with the chickens if I made my coop bigger, or should I have an all together seperate coop for the turkeys.

Thanks!
 

Lozuufy

Returning to the addiction
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May 20, 2012
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Broad Breasted Bronze and Broad Breasted White turkeys are bred only for meat, they have short lifespans and cannot reproduce naturally. Heritage turkey varieties are smaller and more like "wild" turkeys.

http://porterturkeys.com/ has lots of pics of different colored heritage turkeys

Some people keep their chickens and turkeys together with no problems and some have problems with aggression and diseases (like blackhead which chickens can carry and give to turkeys).

Many of the "turkey people" on here hang out on this thread https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/966414/a-century-of-turkey-talk-2000-2100
 
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