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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:52 am 
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Hi all, I have just adopted 7 turkey chicks (about 5 days old). I've hand reared chooks, geese, ducks and guinea fowls. I've been told turkeys are/can be fragile. Is there anything I should look out for or do differently for these little fellows. Any help/advise would be greatly appreciated. Cheers Phalara.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:30 pm 
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Hi Phalara,
Your turkey poults will do fine if you give them fresh water, turkey starter (as it's medicated especially for turkeys) and of course, heat. As long as they have all that, they should thrive. Good luck with your new additions. :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 9:21 am 
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Thanks tasjoey, thanks for the advise. So far they are doing okay :biggrin: . I read somewhere you keep them off the ground (for 8 weeks) if you have chooks. Is that going overboard? I do have chooks, ducks (mussies) and geese. Thanks Phalara.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 10:54 am 
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It's generally best to keep them away from chickens all the time. There is a disease called blackhead they can get from chickens. Although the chooks don't suffer from it, they are just carriers...the turkeys can die from it. There seems to be mixed feelings on this issue...some people have been putting their birds together for years and nothing happens...I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.
Would love to see some pics of the babies if you have any...we all love photos :bounce:

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:12 pm 
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Hi Tasjoey thanks I will keep them separate to be on the safe side. I will post some photos if ever I work out how to do it. :confused: . Cheers phalara.


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