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Turkey in chicken coop?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by MojoWorkin, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. MojoWorkin

    MojoWorkin Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I'm new to poultry. I would like to build a coop and have a few chickens for eggs. It occured to me that it would be cool to also have a Thanksgiving turkey (for next year). Would it be ok to raise it right in the coop? or would it not get along with the chickens?

    Breeds I am thinking of: Buff orpington or New Hamshire Red chickens (maybe 3)

    1 Bourbon Red turkey. Thanks.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2008
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    If you get meat turkeys, they will grow so fast they can smash the chickens. They need higher protein feed for correct growth. Can get blackhead from chickens IF you are in a high risk geographic area. Turkeys are also a bit messier due to size.

    That said, it can be done if you have enough space for them all and blackhead isn't a risk. Not really reccomended, but can be done. I've "done it" but it was short term and free range. Cooped may be a problem.
  3. MojoWorkin

    MojoWorkin Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 3, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Thanks for the quick reply and the helpful info. :)
  4. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    I have raised a few turkeys with the chickens a few times without any problems.
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    We raised 3 bronze turkeys with chickens and the tom (as a poult) tried mating with a few of the pullet hen chickens and killed them in the process. I personally wouldnt reccomend it in a small area where the chickens can't flee from anamorous intentions lol.

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