8 week old turkey died.

CatWhisperer

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I noticed diarrhea the last couple days on my 3 turkey poults. I’ve had them since they were about 1 week old. They eat Purina game bird starter, 30% protein. They spend days out in the garden where there is plenty of shade and are indoors in a large dog crate at night. Found 1 lying dead next to his brother this afternoon. The other 2 were easier than usual to pick up and bring in. I’ve raised many chicks in this same garden area but none have been there for the last 2 years. Any ideas on cause would be appreciated.
 

Devils Flower

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Do you have tomato plants in your garden? Tomatoes are safe for turkeys but the leaves of the plant can make them very sick and can cause death.
 
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I noticed diarrhea the last couple days on my 3 turkey poults. I’ve had them since they were about 1 week old. They eat Purina game bird starter, 30% protein. They spend days out in the garden where there is plenty of shade and are indoors in a large dog crate at night. Found 1 lying dead next to his brother this afternoon. The other 2 were easier than usual to pick up and bring in. I’ve raised many chicks in this same garden area but none have been there for the last 2 years. Any ideas on cause would be appreciated.
Sounds like cocci.
 

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Oh no, I am so sorry, it does sound like blackhead. Can you get your hands on some metronidazole and enrofloxacin? When I treat mine I give:
  • Subcutaneous & oral fluids until they are eating and drinking ontheir own
  • Metronidazole @ 50 mg/kg orally once a day for 5 days
  • Enrofloxacin @20 mg/kg IM once a day for 5 days
  • Fenbendazole @50 mg/kg


These are some of the best blackhead references I have found:
 
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