BBW turkey swolen and bleeding vent!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AdrieeC, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. AdrieeC

    AdrieeC Pink Roses Farm

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    I also posted this in the Turkey forum but thought it might be good to post here...

    Background:
    I have 4 BBW turkeys I bought 3 days ago. They are almost all feathered so I believe them to be a few weeks old, but I am not sure of the age. They are currently in a brooder in the garage with no heat light because it is 75+ here at night and 90 in the day. Where they are in the garage gives them plenty of natural light, but they are kept in the shade through the entire day. I have to wait for DH to have time to help me build the more perminant 16x16 enclosure for them, That will probably be Sunday. Tomorrow I am planning to turn my extra large dog crate into a temporary brooder because I think this could have something to do with their space.

    I chekced them morning and afternoon today and all was well but this evening I noticed that 3 of the turkeys were ganging up and pecking the vent of the last turkey, and tere was blood on the tail feathers. I checked the vent and found it swolen and bleedig. The blood is not gushing, but there does seem to be a fare amount of it all around the vent and between the legs. It doesnt apear to still be flowing, but maybe it is clotting.

    I imediatly removed the injured turkey, put him/her in a hay filled box with some food and water in the bathtub (our poultry hospital). For now I have left him or her to sleep but am wondering what if anything else I should do for him/her? I do not want to harm him/her further but I am wondering if I should clean off the area, and how best to acomplsih that.

    When will I know it is ok to return to the flock and how should the reintroduction be accomplsihed?
     

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