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Raising chicks, keets and poults together.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by EmsoffLambs, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. EmsoffLambs

    EmsoffLambs Out Of The Brooder

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    I recently purchased 18 slow cornish, 2 deleware pullets, 2 turkey poults, and 6 guinea keets. I'm feeding them Nutrena Meatbird feed (21% protein, the highest I could find). They have been together and doing just fine for 5 days now.

    I realize raising them all togther isn't the most efficient in regards to cost of feed, but will they all keep getting along? I"m mostly worried about the turkeys, but so far the cornish X have been growing faster and are just about the same size. I've seen the guineas and turkeys take an occasional peck at a chick's butt, but nothing that has me worried yet. As long as they get plenty of room, can they all get along?
     
  2. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Watch them really closely for any problems and put any hurt chick/keet/poult in an aquarium in the brooder right away. In my experience the turkey poults are very peaceful under normal circumstances but will attack any weak or sick bird, and keets will peck anything that doesn't appear normal, even poo stuck to their own foot. IMO the fact that you have 18 cornish for now is in your favor as they have numbers on their side. Like you said, give them plenty of space more than they need, and continue to keep a close eye on them. Turkeys have the most beautiful feathering, and keets are fun to watch. Keep us posted! You will be an expert soon.[​IMG]
     
  3. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    i dunno. i think its ok. and whats the worst that can happen one dies? their gonna get killed as soon as somebody's hungry [​IMG] but yeah i think that would be fine -- although turkeys can be some mean creatures..
     
  4. EmsoffLambs

    EmsoffLambs Out Of The Brooder

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    Wren, thanks for the info. That makes me feel better. I got hatchery choice turkeys, so I don't even know what variety I've got. Right now I'm guessing blue state and burbon. It'll be fun to see how they turn out.

    Rosy, I would rather they wait to die until I get hungry! [​IMG]
     

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