1/2 Sized Sick Baby

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by CosmoNOT, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. CosmoNOT

    CosmoNOT In the Brooder

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    I need suggestion for treating a sick turkey, please! Turkey raising newbie...

    I received an order of day old turkeys, guinea fowl, and chickens from a hatchery on July 18th. One turkey never seemed to grow but was eating and drinking. This turkey is now obviously sick - half the size of the other three. I have not been able to observe recently to see if it is still eating or not but will tonight.

    Today, I picked it up to try to get a feel for its body condition and almost immediately discharge came pouring out of its nose. The discharge was somewhat clear, mainly a murky tan color with a hint of green. I didn't smell it as I'm worried about getting myself sick. So, I called the vet's office to get a recommendation for an antibiotic and where to buy it.

    They said "CORID" from Tractor Supply would treat coccidiosis and infection. 1) Wanting to get the 'right stuff', I looked it up first and cannot find anything says CORID, or amprolium, will treat this turkey's symptoms. 2) That's when I learned CORID is Amprolium. This makes me double confused because my flock is getting Purina Starter with Amprolium and Amprolium should only be given from one source.

    Can anyone please tell me what maybe wrong with this turkey, and more importantly how to best treat it? I am not willing to spend a lot of money to go to the vet for tests but don't want this little bird to suffer although part of me feels it maybe too late :( The only other information I can think to provide is the fact that they have eaten earthworms, so they likely have been exposed to coccidiosis, but again have been on medicated feed to prevent that.

    Thank you for taking to time to read through this and respond! :fl for good answers
     
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  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Corid will treat some coccidiosis, but it will not treat any bacteria.

    Can you post some pictures of it's poop?
     
  3. Noellereagan

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    What are you feeding them? Purina Starter at what percent? I believe the highest I found was 26% and as I have learned here that is not enough protein for poults. That could have something to do with it. I made the same mistake at first and I too, had only one poult affected (of8).

    What about blackhead. Is it housed with chicks/ chickens? Do you put it on pasture where chickens have been within two years? Have you given any earthworks as treats? Or other worms from the yard? Is the head or waddle dark colored? I am not sure but I believe a runny nose and larthargic nature and stunted growth can all be signs of blackhead in poults.
     
  4. Noellereagan

    Noellereagan Songster

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    I know you’re also a poultry expert (and awesome) so I was wondering if you think blackhead is a possibility if it’s housed with or where chickens are or have been?
     
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  5. Noellereagan

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    Have you tried nutridrench? Did wonders for me. But that was in a chick.
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Not an expert, but my best guess would be coccidiosis, blackhead, e.coli, or enteritis.
     
  7. Noellereagan

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    Maybe. @KikisGirls too? She also seems to be a willing fountain of knowledge. Good luck. That’s a drag. Keep us posted.
     
  8. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Did you candle today?

    I don't know turkeys too well, sorry.
     
  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Did you candle today?

    I would like to say that feeding medicated feed does not always prevent coccidiosis and it will not cure it.
     
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