Turkeys HELP

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by joeman2041, May 24, 2008.

  1. joeman2041

    joeman2041 In the Brooder

    May 12, 2008
    This year I picked up four turkeys at the local elevator, two white, two bronze. I brooded them in the kitchen in a lage plastic tub for about a week and then in the garage for another three, then I turned them out in a fenced area with a little coop I built. They seem to be thriving, Now here is the kicker. I just read some turkey literature that says you can't raise them with chickens. Is that true? I have a cartload of chickens:(
  2. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    you cannot raise turkeys with the chickens. There is a disease the turkeys could get called blackhead or something like that. People do raise them with chickens thiough.
  3. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    I have turkeys with chickens. If the turkeys are being raised for food I will separate them. The turkeys (if they are bbw and bbb) will eat all the time. I do have a few heritage turkeys running with the laying hens. I know the risk and keep watch over them. So far I have not had any trouble. All the birds are free range and the pasture is well kept. The yard that their kept in is just as important. A nice clean yard will do wonders to the health of your birds. Also plenty of room won't hurt.
    There are people who never mix the two and others that do.
    Maybe someone else will give their opinion and experiences.
  4. S n M Poultry

    S n M Poultry Songster

    Aug 31, 2007
    ive had my turkeys with my chickens their whole lives(They are about 4 years old) with no problem at all. what is black head and what are the symptoms?
  5. SueNH

    SueNH Songster

    Feb 24, 2007
  6. corancher

    corancher Songster

    Apr 18, 2007
    I also have my turkeys with the chickens, geese, ducks, and guineas. I have not had any problems.
  7. SoleProvider

    SoleProvider In the Brooder

    May 20, 2008
    Im reading this and freaking out! My turkeys and chicks have been raised together with out any problems. How will i tell?
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    You can raise them together if size is not a problem and if blackhead is not in your area. Your country extension office should be able to tel you if it is a problem or not in your area. It is not a problem here, so my chickens and turkeys share the same ground.

    If the turkeys aren't dying on you, you're probably fine.

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