Help! 3month old turkey with leg problem

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Mees, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. Mees

    Mees Just Hatched

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    I have a turkey who has been fine the first 2.5 months but last week started waddling and then progressively her leg has started to bend sort of knock kneed and her foot turns out. She's having trouble walking now and it seems that her leg won't correct (straighten) itself. What is it? Can it be fixed???
     
  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed is she?
     
  3. Mees

    Mees Just Hatched

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    She (I think it's a female) is a Bronze Turkey. [​IMG]
     
  4. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    She is likely developing a twisted tibia. It seems to be a result of birds gaining too much weight too quickly. The bones are not hardened completely yet and the excess weight causes the bone itself to become twisted. I have treated it successfully in peafowl, but they were 3-5 weeks old at the time it started. Your bird may be too old to correct it with taping. I will try to find you a link to a thread about it.
     
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  5. amscrib

    amscrib Out Of The Brooder

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    Could also be an issue with her Achilles' tendon slipping out of place? Not sure from your description, but there are some good diagrams if you google it. She might be too old for that issue though.
     
  6. DylansMom

    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    DylansMom RIP 1969-2017

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    [​IMG]

    This is what it looked like when I first noticed the tibia was twisting.
     
  8. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry. I would be so upset if this happened to mine. Could it have anything to do with the wire she's walking on?
     
  9. Mees

    Mees Just Hatched

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    I wish you could post video to this site!
    I'll bet it's either broken or twisted. [​IMG]
    She's been on dirt and concrete with pine shavings. No wire.
     
  10. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you know if she fell? My guess is a tendon or ligament issue, but I think it would be difficult to fix at this point.

    I would evaluate her range of movement in that leg, if she is easy to handle without fighting.

    You can post a video. Use the filmstrip looking icon (on the computer version - I don't know if its there on the app version or if it will work if it is). Or upload it to youtube and post the link.
     
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