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chickens and turkeys?

 
Bert de Weert
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hello people,

I am Planning to keep chickens, guinea hens and turkeys. me being polyculture supporter, i want to keep them in the same pen.
unfortunately, a book said that if you do this, the turkeys will get a disease and die. is this true?

 
Jay Green
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We've kept chickens, ducks and turkeys all together in the same area but not penned...they were free ranged. No disease or illnesses for any of the birds.

Info on Blackhead Disease: Blackhead
 
Celia Revel
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I as well have had no problem with keeping them together as long as they have access to pasture. We keep your turkeys and chickens in a coop together at night, and then in the morning they race for the pasture.
 
John Polk
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Blackhead is a very serious consequence of mixing chickens & turkeys.
Once established, it is difficult to control/eradicate. The eggs can live in the soil for over 3 years.

However, it is seldom seen in homesteading environments, with lots of open space.
As with many poultry diseases, it is most often a by-product of overcrowding.

 
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