Red Bourbon Turkey Questions

countryacreshomestead

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Jun 16, 2017
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Hi everyone!

On the 24th we are picking up 5 Red Bourbon Turkeys and 10 Cornish Crosses. I have a few questions.

1. Can we keep the Reds and the Crosses together in the same brooder?

2. We also have 4 Australorps and 4 Easter Eggers that are 10 weeks old. My plan is to keep 1 Tom and 2 Hens from our turkeys and butcher 2. Am I able to keep the Reds in with our egg layers once they are big enough to go out to the coop?

Thanks everyone!
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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You will get different answers, but in my experiences with raising turkey and chickens together the turkeys can and will kill chickens. I recommend separate accommodations for the turkeys as they can be bullies and are a different type of poultry as far as behavior.
 

oldhenlikesdogs

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I allow my chickens and turkeys to free range in the same area, but I'm always around when my turkeys are out, and I'm always grateful when I can lock my turkeys up in their own space, and my chickens seemed relieved too.
 

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