Where can I get Pet turkeys, and what type are best pets?

ladychicken&Ducklover

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May 21, 2011
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Hi,

Any suggestions on where I could get a turkey or 2, and which ones make the best pets?

I was thinking about Royal Palms.

Also, coud I house chickens ( bantams and standard ), with turkeys if they grow up together?

Im new on the turkey forum, and Im sure my questions have been asked already, so if someone wants to just send me a link as to where I could find answers, that would be great too.

Thank you,

DD
 

zzGypsy

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Aug 8, 2011
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if you scroll down in the turkey index you'll find some recent posts about keeping turkeys and chickens together, or search on "blackhead".
for where to get them, craigslist works pretty well here, although most are not pets (as in easily handled)... not sure where you'd look if you want some that are already hand-tame. there are hatcheries of course, and you can post in the wanted section on this forum.
I've got bronze crosses, a royal palm hen and had a chocolate hen (until she was stolen), as well as a broad brested white hen. the BBW is the most friendly of the lot - calm and will eat out of my hand. but typically they're not kept past the first season because they get too big and damage their own bones and joints from weight.
 

ColbyNTX

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Any heritage breed makes a good pet. It is best not to keep turkeys and chickens togather due to disease and different feed requirements. Turkeys need a 28-30% starter for the first 12 weeks and 20% there after. That feed cost more and would be a waste of money for the chickens to eat.
 

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