Found a dead turkey and IDK why..

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by CricketYang, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. CricketYang

    CricketYang Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2010
    Mason, MI
    I got ten little turkeys about a month ago. All was going well until: our dog killed one, one fell off the roost and broke his neck but NOW.. I found one belly-up in the middle of the turkey pen! I noticed today that he/she was acting a bit lethargic and wasn't hanging out with the rest of the flock, I decided to keep an eye on it and all of the sudden it DIED. Some of them are making a weird sneezing/puffy noise. They seem to make that same noise when they're strutting. Does anyone know what my poor bird/birds might have?
  2. Lagerdogger

    Lagerdogger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2010
    Aitkin, MN
    Sorry about your loss.

    Some of my turkeys have occasionally been sneezing...the same sound they make when they display. Occassionally (twice), I have observed runny noses. Its not always the same bird that is sneezing, so they seem to be passing something around. Since they seem to get over it, and no one has died, I have been ignoring it.
    But I am terrible at diagnoses, so I couldn't tell you if your turkeys' sneezing is related to the death.

    I did have one lethargic turkey in the brooder, but it also recovered.

    Good luck and I hope whatever you had is not contagious.

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