4/5 turkeys died spontaneously, butts "exploded"


In the Brooder
5 Years
May 28, 2014
Stagecoach, NV
This question/description may be a bit vague, but I just want an idea of what's going on...

My husband and I own a feed store, so we get a lot of people asking us a lot of questions... I had a gal come in this morning saying her friend had 5 turkeys, all right around 3 months old. She said within 3 days, 4 of them had died, and all of their butts had exploded, like guts out and everything. No sign of struggle, no sign of predators.

Could constipation cause that? I suggested they were egg-bound, but that's when she told me they were still young... I've never heard of anything like that, so I was hoping maybe someone on here knew something about it! I'd like to be of some help to the gal, it sucks losing birds and not knowing why


9 Years
Apr 11, 2011
They wouldn't even be laying at 3 months old and pasty butt should no longer be a problem at that age.
I think its highly likely that a predator got them. Or, maybe she didn't have adequate space or feed and they attempted to eat each other? Whatever happened, it sounds pretty horrible :(
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