Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chicken nanny, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. chicken nanny

    chicken nanny Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2009
    I would like to start rasieing a few turkey to eat but i dont know how far apart the house need to be from the chicken houses. How can you stop black head and those kind of problems.
  2. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

    Nov 6, 2008
    Southwestern PA
    I think that as long as they do not share the same space then black head should not be an issue since the main culprit are worms that eat the feces of the chickens and in turn get eaten by the turkeys. That being said I keep my turkeys and chickens together with out any problems, knock on wood. So that being said I think as long as they do not access the same run then their should not be any problems. Disclaimer: I am no expert so hopefully there is someone out there who knows more who can give some insight.
  3. pdpatch

    pdpatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Hastings, Nebraska
    Many people raise them together with no problems. You should check with you local AG department to see if blackhead has been reported in your area. If it has not been them most likely it's not a going to be a problem. Generally Black head is most common in Warm wet climates. Most poultry deises come from guest visiting you, or other live birds, so if it's not in your area chance are your birds won't get it, but it's always a possibility. In any case you must always monitor your flock for health .

    In our case the closest Chicken area is about 8 feet from the turkey pen. We don't house chickens and turkeys together because Turkey's have this thing about there space, and anything but a turkey coming closer then a foot or so. If Turkey's and Chickens are forced to stay together they do get a long. They do sort of intermingle when they free range.

    You shoudl also look i the Turkey forum as there is lots of information there.


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