Thinking of getting a turkey...

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by binza1979, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2011
    My husband really wants a turkey. We already have 24 chickens and 3 ducks. We have a dog that tries to eat the poultry every chance he gets.

    So, here are my questions....can a turkey be raised without a friend. Can a turkey intermingle with chickens?

  2. FarmerGilland

    FarmerGilland Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2011
    On Top of the Mountain
    I think that they do better with a friend. Yes they would do good with chickens but I have read where your not suppose to raise them together because of the blackhead disease.
  3. Scottingitup

    Scottingitup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    Crestview, FL
    Depending on where you live blackhead may or may not be an issue- however if it is a male (tom) turkey he will more than likely kill a chicken hen when he attempts to mate one.
  4. Donna Sue

    Donna Sue Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2012
    I live in SW Missouri and raise them with my chickens quite well. I actually enjoy the turkeys more than the chickens because they seem to be more people friendly.
  5. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2011
    Donna Sue,

    What variety of turkey? We are looking for a pet, not dinner.

  6. DeannaOR

    DeannaOR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2012
    Colton, Oregon
    I just surprised my guy with a Royal Palm tom turkey. He had been wanting one for a while and I kept saying no to another animal. However...the minute I laid eyes on this guy I was sunk! He is very friendly, follows me around like a dog, and hates to be alone. He has so much personality. We are trying to find him a hen for company..but so far no luck. I would definitely say he is lonely. He is two years old and has never seen a turkey hen, but he was kept with about 12 chickens and a duck. The people we got him from said that he was very protective of the chickens and that they had not had any problems with predators. They also said the only time he left (flew) the topless coop..was if the neighbors children were outside playing. Apparently he loves children.
    I was also wanting a couple of chickens, and around here I see many people who have turkeys and chickens together, but after reading about blackhead..I'm nervous. I haven't yet been able to find information through the extension service about whether it is endemic in this area or not. When I was a kid we kept them together....but now I am the paranoid caretaker and afraid of losing him.
    Mostly I just wanted to chime in and say..I love the turkey, and I don't regret getting him =)

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