Turkey and chicken

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jaydennmomo, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. jaydennmomo

    jaydennmomo In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2012
    I have a question about turkeys living with chickens can they? Or do u have to put them in a separate coop???Im getting baby chicks and 2 turkeys for my grandson.So i wanna make sure they do well.I was told they could not live together

  2. ninabeast

    ninabeast Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I'm currently researching this very thing. The standard advice seems to be not to do it, because chickens carry a protazoa that is harmless to them, but deadly to turkeys, causing a condition called blackhead. The broad-breasted meat breeds seem to be more fragile than the heritage breeds.

    I may not have all my facts perfectly right there, but that's the idea. That said, there ARE people who do it, and I'm going to try to raise chicks and poults together this spring. Check on youtube for turkeys and chickens, and you will find some coexisting very peacefully. There are, however, risks...
  3. jaydennmomo

    jaydennmomo In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2012
    Thank u so much.I think I will also try it.If it dont work well I will make another coop.
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Raising them together seems to be fine as chicks and poults. When they are adults is when problems often arise..... True about Blackhead, it is a risk. I keep Fishzole on hand incase there is a problem so I can treat right away.
  5. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

    Apr 29, 2011
    Northwest Indiana
    What problems come up when they're adults? Are you referring to diseases or just general getting along. I'm also hoping to keep a few midget whites with my chickens this year if possible.


  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Both .....blackhead can be a problem if the chickens carry it. Also turkeys are bigger and bossier then chickens. My turkeys boss my emus around..... Turkey hens can be down right mean, toms can try and breed the chickens...... Crushing them. Some get along fine, some do for awhile but then you end up with a dead chicken. It is just safer to house them seperate. I free range mine together but the chickens have room to get away from them.
  7. nickie

    nickie Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    north central KY
    Most people recommend calling your county extensions office to find out if blackhead is a problem in your area. I did that and was told most people who keep them together are small backyarders who don't tend to report outbreaks to them. She asked around and said basically with the numbers I'm thinking of I shouldn't have a problem, but no guarantee. Good sanitation and litter management.
  8. laurelsh

    laurelsh Chirping

    May 17, 2007
    Does fishzole cure blackhead in turkeys? Where can I find info about that?

    I also plan to get a pair of Royal Palms and want to keep with my chickens. I could set up a separate roosting spot for them, but would prefer for them to roost in the chicken coop. What about feed too? They eat different feed right, so how can you feed 2 different feeds for chickens & turkeys in same space? Anyone who's keeping RPs & chickens together, please fill me in. thanks!
  9. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007

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