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Chicken Chaser
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Turkeys with Chickens

Post by Chicken Chaser » Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:49 pm

Howdy Y'all,

I was wondering if it is safe to keep turkeys with chickens. (Not together as in the same coop or pen, but in the same yard near each other.) I heard that turkeys can spread diseases to chickens quite easily. :-)99
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Re: Turkeys with Chickens

Post by miks » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:38 am

Chicken Chaser wrote:Howdy Y'all,

I was wondering if it is safe to keep turkeys with chickens. (Not together as in the same coop or pen, but in the same yard near each other.) I heard that turkeys can spread diseases to chickens quite easily. :-)99
-Chicken Chaser
Actually, it is chickens that can carry the blackhead parasite without showing any symptoms and pass it on to turkeys that can be badly affected by it.
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Re: Turkeys with Chickens

Post by chrismahon » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:09 am

Some people are lucky CC and don't have a problem. But I've seen reports of total wipeout with Turkey flocks exposed to chickens due to Blackhead. A minimum of two years isolation of ground previously occupied by chickens is also recommended.
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Re: Turkeys with Chickens

Post by Chicken Chaser » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:06 pm

Howdy,

So I probably shouldn't have turkeys near chickens?
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