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I read that you are not supposed to raise turkeys with chickens. Why?
5/11/2012 8:53 AM report abuse

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For disease control
5/11/2012 10:57 AM report abuse
Score: 16
They can contract Blackhead Disease, which chickens can be a carrier of.
6/5/2012 3:48 PM report abuse
Score: 36
They can't contract something that isn't there though. Blackhead is caused by a protozoan that chickens are usually immune to but can act as carriers when turkeys are involved. People can contact their local agriculture extension office to see if blackhead has been reported in the area. I have spoken to many people on small scale farms that keep their chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas and peafowl all together and have never had a problem. It can wipe out an entire flock when introduced though. I have turkey poults and am planning on free ranging them with my chickens once they are older. Turkeys don't build their immune system as quickly as turkeys do. Turkeys immune systems are usually pretty strong after they are 8 weeks old, which is when I plan to introduce mine to the chickens. We will see how it goes, but from all of the experience coming from others I have spoken to a great deal, things will be just fine.
6/11/2012 6:15 PM report abuse
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I've had some problems with Blackhead in my mixed flock so am trying some preventions and cures.
One suggestion is to add diatomateous earth to a wet mash and feed first thing in the morning. Another came from a friend who fed an infected turkey a red hot pepper. Another suggestion came from somebody in Texas who has used Cayenne pepper with success.
I've got one Beltsville poult right now that obviously has Blackhead - drooping wings, lack of viguour, bright yellow poop. I'm treating with Hot Chili Sauce - about 6 ml. per dose using a syringe by mouth. This is the 4 th. day of the treatment and results are excellent. The turkey looks like it has fully recovered.

The Vet is recommending "Lincomix" in the water supply, but rather difficult to control in a mixed flock where everybody drinks from the same sources.
7/3/2012 4:53 PM report abuse
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Having placed my 1st order with McMurreys am looking forward to reading more on this subject. Its doubtful that I will try raising chickens with turkeys, due to what I have already found out from McMurreys and the "Raising Turkeys" book I purchased. Am already pleased with McMurreys for their expertise and friendly associates. Again hope to hear from you all often.
12/15/2012 5:47 PM report abuse
Score: 7
I have had chickens and wild turkeys together for 4 years without any disease problems. Low Density is probably the key to success for disease control, waste, and harmony. The wild turkeys have really helped with predators and are very sweet and tame. But I got them after I moved to a spot where I built a new barn and have extensive out side runs and I free range all the birds in a two acre yard during the day. The wild turkeys come in if the weather is bad but usually perch on the roof of the outdoor runs. In a more confined space the turkeys might pick on the chickens and I would worry about disease more.
3/19/2013 11:54 AM report abuse
Score: 6
Thank you Kristind for your reply, it was very well put. I have not had this problem either in my area but I do keep them separate as babies just in case of any problems.
3/28/2013 8:01 AM report abuse
Score: 7
One reason for keeping the chicks & poults separate until they are at least 3 to 4 months old is that poults require a higher protein food than chicks to grow as they should. Another reason is the chick starter most often used has antibiotics added to it which can be harmful to poults & cause health problems for them, sometimes even death.

After 3 to 4 months of age, our chicks & poults are fed a finisher/grower food, which has no antibiotics, along with their organics & greens as well as being allowed a confined "free-range" type area that prepares them for free-range when they are ready to move to the big poultry house where all our poultry roost together side by side. If their main house for roosting is kept clean, they will likely do fine together and disease issues will be minimal to none. We also regularly use ***food grade, safe for human consumption*** DE mixed in with their food. This DOES help to control any parasites within their digestive systems. Can't remember the last time we lost a poultry member to any kind of illness. Eggs -- oh my, we always, even thru winter, have an abundance of eggs - chicken, turkey, gineau. In fact, I have almost 30 dz in my freezer now should the hens all stop laying during next winter. We sell many eggs & give close friends all they can eat too.

Hope this helps.
6/12/2013 11:34 PM report abuse
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i just lost 2 turkeys from merics disease. i dont know how they got it but we have not lost any chickens from it though
8/25/2013 11:45 AM report abuse
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I put my turkens(naked necks) in with my chickens and the chickens kill all six of them, so we assume. Could there have been any particular reason the chickens would turn on my turkens (naked necks)?
1/7/2015 7:49 AM report abuse
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Turkens (naked necks) are not Turkeys. You are asking a question in the wrong topic !
1/7/2015 9:10 AM report abuse
Score: 170
turkens are no turkeys, but to answer your question - no, there is no reason why your chickens would have killed them - they may have done it - but I have turkens and no issues with other chickens killing them - maybe something else it getting them? *|(why do you think the chickens did it?)
1/7/2015 10:07 AM report abuse
Score: 7
If your other chickens were an established flock and space is tight and you didn't give the birds time to get used to them perhaps in an arrangement where they could see each other but not get to each other, that may be the reason. Turkens are chickens not turkeys and shouldn't be a problem. But any new birds can be picked on. You don't indicate why you think the other birds were the cause of their death. Could be disease or a predator? Were the turkens chicks and the other chickens adults?
1/7/2015 1:13 PM report abuse