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post #1 of 7 Old 08-16-2010, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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Turkeys (help!)

Okay, so, a few months ago I rescued two turkey chicks. Their names are Bodean and Bocephus, (even though they are both hens... But whatever.) and have grown incredibly attached. They were kept in my room in a cage untill they were big enough to be moved outside and have outgrown their "turkey hut" twice. This last turkey hut was just recently built, but I only built it to be a temporary home untill I can built them a more permanent residence.

Alright so, here was my idea. Our hicken coop is pretty big, and right now only housing six hens. Our chickens are free range and only get put in at night, so are my turkeys. My idea was to introduce the turkeys into the flock as I would if they were chickens... (Snatch them up and plop them in in the middle of the night. When the hens wake up, they act as if they've been there a million years.) However, these turkeys are not chickens... They're turkeys. And they're huge... And they GOBBLE. And there is no similarity, not even remotely, between them and my hens... And I would perfer that they don't get pecked to death.

Do you think that it would be a possability that the hens will overlook their seemingly radical physical differences and get along? Or am I completely bonkers for even thinking? I don't want any hate crimes, and hens are pretty big on discrimination. Has anyone tried this before?

Any help would be appreciated!

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-16-2010, 02:39 AM
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At one point we had 10 pheasants, 6 chickens, 2 guineas, 2 ducks and a turkey. Only the ducks were free to stay out at night and all the others stayed happily together. :) I don't know if it is because they were raised together, but I don't think it could hurt to put them together for one night and see what happens.

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post #3 of 7 Old 08-16-2010, 09:47 AM
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Used to keep chickens & turkeys together all the time and we had no problems.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-16-2010, 10:02 AM
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Weve never had a problem keeping all of our bird together. Chickens, turkeys, peacocks, guineas etc. They should be fine!
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-16-2010, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome! That gives me hope guys! The only problem I see is that my turkeys are young and naive, and my hens are all old and established... But I suppose I'll introduce them in tonight, set my alarm and check on them throughout the night... Yes, they mean that much to me. Haha.

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-19-2010, 10:30 PM
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The only problems we have is our laying hens get special feed, and it wasn't really good for the other birds. Otherwise they're fine together.
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-20-2010, 03:37 AM
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I wouldn't worry. The hens will try to pick on them the first couple of days until they will establish the pecking order.
I just put new chicks with my hens and even thoughthey are the same birds the old hens were chasing them like crazy the first 2 days(there was a big size difference.) None got hurt though. They are all together now doing fine.
When I was a kid we also kept ducks, turkeys and chickens all in one pen.
I'm sure they will learn to get along. :)
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