Turkeys are AZAZING!!! YOu will be very pleased... yes... you can mix turkeys and chickens... I do... Ive got space, do you have space... ive had my turkeys in a pen with the chickens in a pen the size of 40 X 60... If its small space... you might run into problems... more space the better..
What breed are you looking for? Stay away from breasted turkeys... as they have trouble reproducing on there own... Stick to the smaller ones like wild, burbon, blacks... ect... ect...
if you can find sexed turkeys.... 4 is a great #... get 2 males and 2 females... that way if one dies... you still ahve an extra male or female.
if you cant find them sexed... hatcheries sell them in min amounts of 15...
I got two about six weeks ago, heritage bronze girls (one is 3 months, the other 4 months), they are with the chickens... and I've decided they're just not for me. The older one is dominant, bossy, mean with chickens she deems "beneath her" and oh she is LOUD! What a racket, she drives me crazy! She will stand over my weaker birds and peck them hard and try to stand on them to squash them, yapping away
They're growing like crazy and take up way too much space, they eat and poop tons, they're wild and I can't get anywhere near them - so they have to go. Either my breeder will take them back or I'm putting an ad up for them in the local classifieds... the sooner they go, the better.
Its called Blackhead but it doesn't always happen, it has to be in your area for them to get it.
If you contact your local agriculture office they should be able to tell you if its a problem where you live.