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Keeping Chickens and Turkeys Together

Is it a problem to keep chickens and turkeys together in the same area.

craigmartin
Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Yes. Chickens and turkeys should be reared separately. Not because they don't get on but because of disease transference.

Joseph lawler
Friday, January 22nd, 2021

Hi, Iíve kept both together and have had only one issue with blackhead,i had a few Marans drop dead very suddenly from blackhead while the turkeys were unaffected. I got an autopsy done on the Marans and it was blackhead that liked them Iíve kept both traditional breeds and commercial turkeys along with hens. They had plenty of land to range on. I found the traditional turkeys very hardy. Ive reared turkeys under clocking hens and I personally think that they build up a natural disease resistance if reared like this. Traditional turkeys make good mothers especially the Norfolk black. These are my personnel experiences of keeping both birds together.Clean water, good quality feed and free range on good pastures and you should have no issues

Martinp
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

@Martinp What do you think of bronze turkeys? Are they a good traditional turkey to raise. What I am thinking of doing is raising some turkeys for the Christmas season this fall. Maybe someone could advise me on a good breed for meat.

craigmartin
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

Turkeyís also need to be fed the turkeys pellet as they require a higher protein percentage than laying hens.turkeys are always looking for new ways to die aswell.a lot of hassle they are

Doctorsroomghost
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

Some people manage to do it but the danger is they share diseases.Bkackhead is probably the most common one and it kills chickens.and someone has had this problem here all ready. Someone also stated that turkeys have a higher protein requirement which is also true. separately is best.

roostercroweburn
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

Iím only speaking from personal experience. Traditional breeds are very hardy and I didnít have many issues with them, long lived and I had no disease issues.Turkeys are far more susceptible to blackhead than Marans so I could never understand the autopsy results as it should have been the turkeys that succumbed. The adult commercial turkeys would drop dead if you looked crooked at them and they do find the most amazing ways to get into trouble, they would drown in a heavy shower as they just stand looking skywards. For the most part they give no bother. Traditional breeds do not require the high protein feeds that commercial birds do, they are great foragers and love mixed grain and layers pellets are suffice If you are hoping to raise a few for Christmas , a commercial turkey with bronze feather pattern is available, first research your market as there are various strains of turkey that grow to different weights. I liked roly-polys, very high meat to bone ratio and I found bourbon reds a good traditional breed but they require a long time to mature compared to commercials. Commercial turkeys need the high protein feeds to sustain there rapid growth. If you can provide good pasture, clean water and quality food you should have no issues. I respect what the other folk have written on here and as I said these are my personnel experiences, maybe I was lucky. Good luck

Martinp
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

Thanks everyone that was helpful.

craigmartin
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021


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