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Turkeys & chooks.......
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Author:  Bungie [ Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:07 pm ]
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I know chooks have a couple of diseases, disorders, parasites that will kill turkeys but just how far away do they have to be from chickens?

Are there other meat birds that can be raised easily & around chooks?

Author:  macl27 [ Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:12 am ]
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My turkey and chooks and ducks are raised together in brooders.Ducks get moved out quicker because of the mess they make :-) As adults they are all together and I do not have any problems with them all .

Author:  Bungie [ Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:27 pm ]
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Great. Maybe I will try a couple in the future.

Good to know it is possible. Husband is now mentioning geese would be nice.

Author:  tg451 [ Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:56 pm ]
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Some flocks of chooks will have histomoniasis and some will not, I generally warn against housing chooks and turkeys together but in reality most people do keep turkeys and chooks together and there is generally no problems. The main risk period is between about 12 and 18 weeks (though they may contract it before that and it just takes a while to build up in the system, not sure), adult turkeys can handle a load of histomoniasis but like chooks can infect younger turkeys, frequent worming of your flocks can help but poultry worms aren't the only way histomoniasis gets into turkeys.

Blackhead IS a treatable disease and heritage turkeys are far less succeptible to dying from it compared to commercial flocks that drop like flies, but it does mean you have to keep a close eye on your flock looking for symptoms and treat the whole flock of youngsters as soon as you notice a symptom (with ronivet-s or flagyl). I've had at least 20-30 turkeys show obvious signs of blackhead, but only 1 death. My routine hasn't changed much but the rate of infection has decreased alot over the years and I think its mostly from breeding for immunity to blackhead.

Author:  Manzo 99 [ Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:22 pm ]
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mine have always lived with chooks, few barnys but they get over it-- never had an issue with diesese

Author:  carlisle [ Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:13 pm ]
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tg451, what do you treat your turkeys with for blackhead?

Author:  andrewschooks [ Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:38 pm ]
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He mentions flagyl or ronnivet-s to treat.

If running chickens with turkeys there is less risk of blackhead in larger pens, drier conditions and when they are maintained scrupulously worm free.

Author:  Bungie [ Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:05 pm ]
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In that case I'll pass. I'm in the upper Yarra Valley, catchment area. Cold & wet winters. Used to be a running joke up this way that it would rain 11 months of the year and the trees would drip for 1 month.

Author:  andrewschooks [ Sun Oct 19, 2014 9:57 am ]
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We'll you'd need a nice dry shed there anyway! Just change the litter on the floor regularly.

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