Hi everyone, New member with six chicks and a turkey pullet! My husband and I have wanted free range chickens for a while to help with bugs around our home. We have several wooded acres and could use the help with the ticks and other bugs. Not to mention the eggs! We've had the little ones for several weeks and have recently moved them out to the coop. They're doing great outside but still have a heat lamp at night. They won't be let outside the coop until they're fully grown. I've read up some on blackhead, and I'm a little worried about keeping the turk with the chickens, but as far as I know, it's not a problem in my area. The Turk was a "freebie" from the feed store. He was getting mercilessly plucked by the others so they offered him to us when we bought the chickens. Poor little guy looked like he wasn't going to make it when we brought him home, but we cleaned him up and kept him seperate for a few days and now he's looking great. He's happy with the chicks and doesn't seem to notice that he's a really big funny-looking chicken. The hands-on attention has made him much friendlier than the chicks. He's an awesome little guy. My husband wanted to call him Jive Turkey, but I insisted on the Jive Tofu instead because "we don't eat tofu." Hope to learn a lot here!