Raising chickens & turkeys for meat

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by quercus21, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been raising chicken meaties for a while now and was thinking of trying some turkeys. We had a "home grown" turkey last year, and the better half love it. I have 2 coops for egg layers and was going to consolidate them into one. I was going to use the spare coop for the turkeys. Each coop has a run and the eggers are allowed free roam during the day of the yard etc. The chicken meaties are kept penned up in their own area.
    My question, Should I do anything to the spare coop before putting the turkeys in there? Yes, I'll cleaning, but should I bleach the insides down and lime the run? What has been your experience?

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  2. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep,
    I was wondering about something I think is call "black head". Is this a serious problem for the turkeys?
     
  4. ZakoHero

    ZakoHero Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it is,it can kill them so take notice.You should clean the place a lot if they are going to be meat birds because you dont want to eat bat meat.[​IMG]
     
  5. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would check with your local county extension service to see if blackhead is a problem in your area. From what I've been told/read: turkeys shouldn't be kept in areas where chickens have been. Chickens get blackhead from eating worms and turkeys get it from the poop of the chickens. Chickens don't show symptoms, turkeys can die. I was told that the winters where I am are not cold enough to kill the protazoa so turkeys are not an option for me since it has been on this property before. [​IMG]

    Cleaning is great but blackhead is in the soil, which you can't sterilize. They also say, you should switch shoes between the turkey/chicken runs.
     
  6. quercus21

    quercus21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for your replies.
    Yep, I am going to keeping the turkeys separated from the eggers and meaties. We have friends that keep their turkeys cooped with a run, and their chickens are free range with out a problem.
     
  7. ZakoHero

    ZakoHero Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No prob were good people![​IMG]
     

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