Blackhead in older turkey

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mjsjr, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. mjsjr

    mjsjr Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a small flock (1 tom, 4 hens) of heritage bronze turkeys. One of the hens has come down with blackhead. I have her isolated. They are older birds - almost 1 year old. Can anyone tell me the dosage for metronidazole for the older bird? Or have any other possible treatments.

    I tried the old Cayenne pepper bit in the water (b/c I had to wait for payday to be able to purchase the metronidazole) - the best I can say is that it doesn't seem to have hurt her. She walks around, chirps, etc. She is just producing the sulfur colored poop. I am planning on getting FishZole this week - but need to know the dosage.

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    Also, can I use Wazine to worm them - does it take care of the same worms as valbazen or safeguard?

    Thanks again.
     
  3. dawg53

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    Blackhead is deadly to turkey's, I'm surprised she's alive.
    For turkeys; fishzole (metronidazole) dosage is one 500mg tablet once a day for 5 days. Treat for blackhead first, then worm her with either safeguard or valbazen. I dont know the dosages for turkeys, PM Casportpony for that info.
    Wazine wont kill the cecal worm that carries the protozoa that causes blackhead.
     
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    Not only is she alive, but really her only symptom is the sulphur colored poop. Otherwise, she looks/acts normal. Perhaps because she is older?

    Thank you though for the info.

    Two more questions:
    1. Can I treat my ducks with safeguard or valbazen?
    2. If I treat my chickens with safeguard or valbazen - do I have to hold back the eggs?

    I am thinking about just dosing everyone.
     
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    I dont know anything about ducks.
    Normally there's a 14 day withdrawal period after the last day of worming. Toss the eggs in the garbage, there's residue in the eggs.
     

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