Raising chickens and turkeys together?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AlvinsFinest, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. AlvinsFinest

    AlvinsFinest Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2012
    Can you raise chickens and turkeys together? And which breed do you think is the best lookin breed looking for just one for looks to my flock!?
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    Yes, you can raise chickens and turkeys together. I have a mixed breed turkey hen living with my girls now. They do fine, the turk gets picked on by the chickens (she's really small- think chicken sized) but nothing serious. The big risk with turkey is blackhead, but a turk can developed blackhead without chickens present. I've had Black Spanish turkeys, and they were wonderful. So friendly, I could whistle for them and they would fly to me from wherever they would be. I've always liked Eastern Wilds too. Good luck!
  3. AlvinsFinest

    AlvinsFinest Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 16, 2012
    Most likely ima go with royal palm since it's small and a heritage breed!
  4. DeannaOR

    DeannaOR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2012
    Colton, Oregon
    I'm loving my Royal Palm tom! Very friendly =)
  5. wsonphan80

    wsonphan80 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2011
    Pioneer, CA
    I've been raising my turkeys, chickens, and ducks together with no problem. I decided to go with Narragansetts but was considering Royal Palms and Bronzes too. Looking back, I'd probably go with the Royal Palm or some other smaller breed. The toms are beasts and sometimes pick on my chickens. No serious injuries yet but I've heard the toms will sometimes try to mate with chickens which I can imagine doesn't fare well for the poor hen... And I probably should've waited until I had a pond and more land before I got the ducks. They are so unbelievably messy and loud!!
  6. AraucanaAnne

    AraucanaAnne Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2013
    I just started with turkeys. Got a few Bourbon Red hatching eggs from a local farmer and put them under one of my broody Araucana hens. Only one hatched but it's doing great. "Mom" is still taking care of her "baby" although the turkey poult has already exceeded her in size. The other chickens seem to accept the turkey, probably because it was hatched and raised within the flock.
  7. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013

    here is a article you should read on raising chickens and turkeys together. They're are diseases chickens carry that can effect the turkey and diseases turkeys carry that can effect the chickens. Just be aware these diseases are possibly transfered between the two. Many people do raise them together very successfully just be aware what could be transfered between the two. This is just one article talking about Blackhead disease but their are others. So do some research so you will know what to look out for in either species. I'm not saying don't raise them together I'm just saying be aware of the diseases they can transfer to one another. I hope this helps you out. Some of these diseases have no symptoms in one species yet can be deadly to the other so inform yourself so you know what to look for in either species. I wish you the best.
  8. Hilarie

    Hilarie Just Hatched

    Jan 10, 2013
    I'm glad to hear all of this. I've had chickens for five years, and also have goats, and this spring I'm adding heritage turkeys. They'll be housed separately, but they'll all free range together when the poults are big enough. Logistically with my layout, it simply isn't possible to separate the two species by 200' (which is what the literature recommends), so I'm going to hope for the best when they start free ranging. I don't know anyone around here who's had blackhead disease, so I deeply hope I'm not the first one. Thanks for all the good information, everyone!

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