turkeys close to chickens

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by RNAOGEA, Dec 15, 2011.


    RNAOGEA Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 11, 2011
    I have a 16 x 24 chicken yard with a 6 x 8 coop. I plan on building two 10 x 20 yards with 4 x 5 coops of the back side for 5-6 turkeys in each. They will be divided by plywood between the chickens and turkeys. Is this gonna be a problem. I know there hasn't been an issue with blackhead in our area.
  2. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    If there is no blackhead in your area they should be fine as long as they don't free range together. If they are allowed out together watch that the toms don't bully or try to mate with the chickens. My turkey hen ate one of my broody silkies chicks, so watch out for that too.

    RNAOGEA Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 11, 2011
    I plan on free ranging them but alternating days. Chickens one day and turkeys the next. I am trying to figure out how I can free range them in separate areas also to help minimize the risk of anything.
    I am hoping my plan for the turkey pen is big enough. 10 x 20 with a 4 x 5 coop for 5-6turkeys. We will have bourbon reds and royal palms in two identical pens. I have been having trouble finding good turkey space requirements.
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Mine free range and live together with no problem. There isn't any cases of blackhead in my area either.
  5. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    My turkey has been raised with our chickens and lives with them in the same house and yard with no problems. She tends to be protective of them even.
  6. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

    Aug 22, 2010
    Mount Airy, MD
    How can you find out if there is blackhead in your area?
  7. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

  8. zzGypsy

    zzGypsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2011
    ours free range together with no issues. well, it took 2 days of bouncing and huffing for the rooster and the tom to sort out status, but there were no actual contact fights, just posturing.

    we don't have blackhead issues here, you can find out by calling your local extension agent (ask for the one who deals with poultry) or talking with your vet, if they deal with birds/livestock.

    If you DO have blackhead as a local issue, I'm pretty sure they can transmit it by sharing a fence, and by freeranging the same piece of ground.

    as for running them together, problems might include the tom trying to breed the chicken hens, or the birds fighting. for young birds, they have somewhat different requirements, so sharing food might be an issue. as adults, we feed ours all the same.
  9. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    Quote:Call your county ag ext.
  10. Louieandthecrew

    Louieandthecrew I am actually a female!

    I actually have the same sort of problem. We just got a turkey hen and she's living in the coop/run with our chickens. She's the only turkey, will this be okay?

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