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Any help on why this turkey died and can we still eat it.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by ewalton1, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. ewalton1

    ewalton1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was gone for the weekend and my husband took care of the turkeys for two days. Yesterday morning, first day back, I noticed one of my Royal Palm Turkeys, (4 months old) had roosted in our bantam coop instead of the turkey tractor like all the rest. It was hiding and sitting still while all the bantams ran outside to eat and play. I made it get up and go outside, but noticed it was hiding and sitting still behind the dog house. I mentioned to my husband that it might be sick and we needed to keep an eye on it. I noticed later that it was not by the dog house, so I thought it got better and moved on. Others closed the turkey and hen house and bantam house last night. I got up at 3 am to see if our new timed light in the hen house was turning on. When I looked around the hen house, I noticed the Royal Palm under the roosting bars...and dead. I have a picture of the liver. It is very dark around the edges of one side. What happened, and can we still eat it? It is so skinny, not really much to eat, but I would like to know if anyone knows what this is?[​IMG]
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    I would NEVER suggest eating a bird found dead. It may have died of an infection; regardless, the fact that it was not immediately processed could make the carcass unsafe.
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC and sorry for your loss. What did the intestines look like?

    -Kathy
     
  4. ewalton1

    ewalton1 Out Of The Brooder

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  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    The discoloration you see is postmortem change. Once the bloodflow stops the intestines loose their ability to keep bacteria in the gut, and those bacteria invade the intestinal wall and start multiplying like crazy. One of the reasons why it is not safe to eat birds that died of unknown cause at a time unknown.
     
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  6. ewalton1

    ewalton1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Another turkey died today. 4 months old. Bourbon Red. Nothing unusual inside.
     
  7. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    How long had this one been dead before you did the necropsy? -Kathy
     
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    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Any pictures?

    -Kathy
     
  9. Akwasi

    Akwasi Out Of The Brooder

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    Kathy is just marvelous in this. Are you a vet?
     
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  10. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Thanks for the compliment, but no, not a vet, nor do I have any medical training. I am just a fellow backyard poultry owner that likes to understand as much as I can, so I do many of my own necropsies and research the various medical issues that I see in my flock of turkeys, peafowl, guineas, ducks, chickens, pigeons and one dove.

    -Kathy
     

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