head colour gone from red to white/grey? stress? cold?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by spish, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    i took the plunge yesterday and moved 2 of my 8 young turkeys outside. i didnt put them in the field, i think its too risky...so i put them in a wooden chicken pen (it has a house/shelter and an enclosed run) it was used for chabos for 2 days and has stood empty since. i stood the pen on concrete so no access to the dirt/ground.

    anyhow this morning i notice the turkeys have lost their lovely red colour from there heads/necks...it is very pale/white/greyish looking.

    would this be down to stress of moving? too cold? too lonely? (gone from a group of 8 to just two)
    or am i just an overprotective turkey momma? [​IMG]
     
  2. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My turkeys do that and their head coloring can change from minute to minute depending on any of many factors. I think of them as my own little octopuses!
     
  3. SaraF

    SaraF Out Of The Brooder

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    It could be stress from moving, or not having their old buddies. I think it is from the moving, since there is two, they should be find and not stress about the other 6. They should be back to normal in a couple days once they get accustomed.
     
  4. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How are they doing, spish?
     
  5. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    superb! colour back to normal today :)
     

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