droopy necked baby

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by mamalaoshi, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. mamalaoshi

    mamalaoshi Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a turkey poult that hatched about three weeks ago. When he was a week old, I found him on his back. I've been hand feeding him though I do see him eating on his own too. I don't see him on his back anymore but he walks with his head barely skimming the ground. (for some reason, it's not letting me post pictures) So his body is upright and his neck is hanging straight down with his head level to the ground. After he eats, he walks upright for a little while. He also has a hard time balancing and holds out his wings when he walks sometimes. Out of 12 babies, he is the only one having any issues. I separated him from the others, keeping three of the smallest babies with him.

    Any ideas what is wrong?
     
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It sounds like a neurological condition. Try your best to get vitamins into him, but if it is genetic there is probably nothing you can do. Keep him warm, well fed and hydrated and hopefully he will heal up soon.

    Best of luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. mamalaoshi

    mamalaoshi Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!
     
  4. mamalaoshi

    mamalaoshi Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought some special high protein feed this week (our regular feed store didn't carry it) and all of a sudden the little guy is standing up straight and not wobbling. The other chicks were always healthy but they are growing a lot faster now. Hopefully this solves the problem- or maybe it's just helping him be strong enough to fight whatever is the real problem.
     
  5. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm glad he seems to be getting better!
     
  6. mamalaoshi

    mamalaoshi Out Of The Brooder

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    Just an update... The baby eventually got so healthy I couldn't tell him from the other turkeys.
     
  7. memphis

    memphis Overrun With Chickens

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    That's great! Post pictures! !
     
  8. mamalaoshi

    mamalaoshi Out Of The Brooder

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    I should have taken a picture but I sold them when my mama turkeys started sitting another batch at the end of the summer.
     

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