Blackhead in Columbia County

Asked March 14, 2019, 9:43 AM EDT

I am new to Columbia County, buying a property on Lost Creek Road. Thinking about raising a few (2-3) turkeys. Has Blackhead disease been an issue anywhere in Columbia County? From what I understand, chickens can live with blackhead but turkeys can not.

Columbia County Oregon poultry

1 Response

Blackhead (Histomoniasis) is always a potential problem when raising turkeys. And yes, blackhead causes minimal symptoms in chickens and is severe in turkeys. Columbia county is not better or worse than another western Oregon county. Discourage the birds from eating earthworms, an intermediate host of Heterakis, a round worm that carries the Histomonas bacteria that causes blackhead.