Went to RK for a heat lamp bulb but got really distracted, forgot the heat lamp bulb entirely (two children were with me, one's autistic and having a 'bad day'), started nursing a very weak turkey poult back to a semblance of health, bought her and a few others (even though I swore I would never get BB turkeys ever again), but my efforts proved too little too late. I got to snuggle with her all the way home, but when I put her in the brooder, she started flopping around and shortly later was gasping. I tried some sugar water, but she stopped breathing a few minutes later and CPR wasn't enough to bring her back.
I'm just stupid where turkeys are concerned. There is something unstoppably, irresistibly endearing about turkey poults. Bacon was love at first sight for me, and sadly, this little poult was too. I saw her from the corner of an eye as I was looking for sweet pdz and wood chips, and I knew she needed me. Now I'm down to hoping she died feeling loved.
You are not Stupid at all! You cared enough to try. Keep in mind thats what fuels these people to sell more weak poults, someone cares, buys them, and you and the poult suffer. Poultry farms like this should be ashamed, as well as the farm store continuing to do this! Just sad.
I flat adore raising poults. You did all you could, I am so sorry you had this loss. Poults do not ship well, and the stress of a farm store will do them in pretty fast.
The poults at the farm stores are usually the BB variety, very low livability. You would enjoy raising a heritage breed a lot more. I do raise BB turkeys for food. We order direct to our house, and those poults we all know why they are here. I still treat them like pets and make sure they have love and interaction. They have a life.
You have seen my Puppy girl, a BBW thats 2 years old, and Bacon of course is still here, forever! PM me, I am setting eggs weekly and I think you will just adore a heritage bird. Heritage turkeys live for YEARS, the turkeys at the feed stores will have a very short life span, normally suffer a heart attack or splay legs from their weight. @racinchickins @SallyinIndiana and I all raise endangered breeds that are heritage turkeys. Just as gorgeous as Bacon, but will be with you a lot longer and a more manageable size too. Bottom line, the heritage breeds are a manageable size and wont need much more care than your average chicken.