Crap- what is going on- swollen face

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by crayon, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. crayon

    crayon Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hillman Michigan
    My turkey has a huge swollen face What is going on and how do I treat it? We are going on vacation for like 12 days.

  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
  3. crayon

    crayon Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hillman Michigan
    I have someone that is going to watch them- but I don't know if I can get meds here locally. I tried to call our feed store but no one answered.
  4. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Songster

    Jul 18, 2012
    Carmel Valley, CA
    Our turkey had a similar abcess. Though I medicated him (I thought that would be enough) he was dead within days, sadly, on the day we decided to lance the abcess. Apparently that is what needs to happen - lance and clean out the wound, give antibiotics, and closely monitor him, possibly repeating the lancing/cleaning if necessary. Maybe a vet could do this within a day since you're going on vacation. Good luck!
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2013
  5. Celie

    Celie Songster

    Mar 23, 2012
    Tickfaw, Louisiana
    I agree with KuntryGirl! I am sure you must have started him on Tylan by now, Poor guy looks like he's in pain! How is the antibiotic working?
  6. curls187

    curls187 Hatching

    Sep 5, 2013
    I got the same problem I tried alot of things n nothing is helping someone told me to get a knife n make a cut in it chicks to let the air out should I do that or what should I do my turkeys chicks looks juet like the one in this pic can someone please help me out I don't want them to die I got two of them
  7. PamelaD

    PamelaD Hatching

    Sep 8, 2013
    Is the turkey having breathing problems? If so, it could be mycoplasma.
  8. Piotre

    Piotre Chirping

    Sep 21, 2013
    I have 2 out of 4 turkeys with same problem. Chickens not affected. 1st turkey developed problem end of July. 2nd turkey several weeks later. I used Duamycin-10 (tetracycline hydrochloride soluble powder) in drinking water. 1st turkey responded and now looks normal. 2nd turkey is worse and i think i'll try lancing it tomorrow and try a different anti-biotic. Otherwise, they eat well, run around, fly, and no other problems. I'll try to add a recent picture soon.

    It's still early, but does anyone know if bird with this symptom is edible?
  9. ironsfamilyfarm

    ironsfamilyfarm In the Brooder

    Sep 20, 2013
    I had 2 turkeys with this same problem. You can drain out the fluid with a syringe which will help some along with the tylan or Duamycin-10. I would wrap up my turkeys in a towel and insert the syringe at an angle into the swollen area and drain it out. It is basically drainage from the sinuses from what I have heard. Mine lived a long time with this problem. It seems to be pretty hard to get them over this or at least it took a while for me!! Good luck.
  10. chknoodles

    chknoodles Chirping

    May 31, 2013
    Middle Tennessee
    That poor baby. I sure hope you find a way to cure him...we've been lucky so far with our turkey's, but we've had to give a few of our chickens shots to Tylan 50 (Tylan 200 is too strong for young chickens), and the stuff is like a "miracle drug". Good luck and let us all know how it goes.

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