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Turkeys And Chickens?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by FarmerBoy24, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. FarmerBoy24

    FarmerBoy24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I have some turkeys and chickens together will the chickens get diseases Many people tell me that but I want to clarify it. If so what breeds?
     
  2. spiritdance

    spiritdance Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes turkeys kept with chickens can contract a disease called Black Head. Chickens can carry it but be asymptomatic, but turkeys are much more susceptible to it. I personally run my turkeys and chickens together because the turkeys will protect "their" flock, and I don't know many stray cats, possums, or even coons that want to tangle with a full grown tom turkey, but I do this knowing I'm taking a chance. Knock on wood, I have never had a problem with Black Head, but then my birds have lots of room even in their pen, so that could be a factor.
     
  3. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    My turkey lives with my chickens. I would ask around if people near you have poultry, maybe they can tell you if blackhead is prevalent in your area?
     
  4. FarmerBoy24

    FarmerBoy24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is exactly Blackhead? And what are the symptoms?
     
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    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. robyn1976

    robyn1976 Out Of The Brooder

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    I wondered the same thing when I got my turkeys I went to the local feed store and they told me blackhead is not a issue in Our area! He did tell me to worm everyone every 6 months! My turkeys have Thier own coop but they free range with the chickens and we have had no problem! Best of luck
     
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