Mixing chicken and turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jcog, Nov 18, 2008.

  1. jcog

    jcog Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 20 hens and 4 roos and last weekend i got the chance to get 3 free turkeys. I built a new run for the turkeys and the man i got the from let them roam free. He also had banym chickens. I have read stuff about turkeys getting diseases from the chickens that will kill them, should i let them out together?
     
  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    My turkeys and peafowl free range with my chickens, I just try not to let them sleep in the same coop. Black head is the disease in question, and can be carried by some chickens. When a turkey eats poop from the affected chicken it can get blackhead from them, and it's more fatal to turkeys then chickens. I have not had a problem with mine and I have like 18 turkey, 7 peafowl and ??? how many chickens on small acreage. As long as blackhead is not present in your flock, you should be fine.
     
  3. BlueMoon

    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have many chickens and one turkey. he's a sweetheart, but desperately wants turkey friends. I think he tried to mount one of the hens and pretty much killed her
     
  4. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one hen turkey and many chickens.She has the option of roosting with the chickens but prefers not to.I have no problem with diseases in the flock from this.They live peacefully together and watch out for one another.
    Are peafowl vulnerable to blackhead?
     
  5. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Quote:Yep, blackhead affects peafowl also. I also dose mine with safeguard.
     

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