This is my first time with turkeys. After a brooder disaster in which I lost 8 out of 10 Bourbon Red poults to cold exposure I have two left. Originally my plan was to grow them for meat, but of course I got attached to the survivors. Turns out I'm lucky and the two are a pair! So, my plans are to have those two breed next year and raise their offspring for meat (and possibly keep a daughter). Here are Franklin and Trudi at nearly 12 weeks (in the evenings he dances and strutts for her): I took the risk and when they were about 6 weeks I moved them in with my chickens. They are getting along well and nobody has become sick. They and the hens are feasting on 19% turkey grower feed. I'm not really sure if it may have an ill effect on the hens, but I figure I rather make sure the the youngsters are getting their nutrition. The whole flock gets to spend a good portion of the day on grass. Here is where I need your opinion: I have heard conflicting accounts on the breeding behavior of toms. Some say they won't overbreed their hens, some say they do and some say they might event try to breed with chickens (I guess those must be really desperate and might not have a turkey hen for lovin'). For ease of management, I would like to keep these two with the hens over the winter, but really don't know what to expect in terms of the tom's behavior, also I'm not sure if this really is a good idea as it seems turkeys and chickens have different nutritional requirements. I would love to hear what you all think about this. I know there are people out there who keep turkeys and chickens together.