Help! My Bourbon Red 3 day old Turkey can't stand up

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by alawrence222, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. alawrence222

    alawrence222 New Egg

    Jun 29, 2014
    Hello. I have a 3 day old turkey that I am not sure if it got stepped on or what happened but it can't put it's legs underneath its body. They seem to just extend straight out. It does move around and seems to be eating and drinking and we have been making sure it is getting food and water. The legs just seem to look weird though. Is there something I can wrap the turkey up in to get it's legs held against his body? When you hold the legs where they need to be it does fine but when you just set the bird down the legs come out and it will not stand on them at all:( Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. hyelaw

    hyelaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2015
    What are you feeding it and how are you brooding it? How many others is it with? What are you feeding it? It may be a vitamin or protein deficiency if it was okay at hatch. Make sure it keeps eating and drinking. I would supplement with Red Cell horse supplement (it's okay for birds too) put a little bit in it's water. And give it meal worms.
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Spring Dreaming Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    You can put it in a small container like a sour cream container to see if it keeps it's legs under itself. If the parents had a deficiency than the chick could be hatched with one, so I might try a dose of poultry vitamins to see if you get a response.

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