Help Please..Turkey Poults w/leg problems.

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by cotterboy2381, May 7, 2011.

  1. cotterboy2381

    cotterboy2381 New Egg

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    These are 3 week old poults and 2 out of 4 have developed this problem where one leg is turned 90 degrees side ways and the knee seams to be swollen it bends in toward the body and they waddle like a duck. I have starter feed and water 24/7 in the cage. we started them with hardware cloth over newspaper since they were brought home at 3 days old. One started about a week ago and the other today. I noticed they do not get around as much as the other two. Can anyone help us with this problem? I have included a pic?[​IMG][/img]
     
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  2. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this a broad breasted bronze? What are you feeding? Never mind I see your feeding starter. It is turkey starter and not chick starter, right. Is that 24/7? I think when they have bad legs at this age they are never going to be able to hold the weight of a adult bird. I sorry but they might need to be culled. Some people do wraping and rubber bands. I never had any luck with that. I would put a towel over your hard wire bottom and restrict feed for any other turkeys you have.
     
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  3. cotterboy2381

    cotterboy2381 New Egg

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    Yes they are broad breasted bronze. And yes I have the feeder in the cage all the time as instructed by the feed store. Are they gaining weight too fast? And if I pull the feed, how often should I feed and for how long? And I am feeding them stater turkey feed.
     
  4. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try restricting them to 12 hours of food a day. Like you would be feeding a broiler chicken. Welps Hatchery has some good info on broiler chickens to give you some good ideas. It is not your fault. It is a problem in the breed.
     
  5. cotterboy2381

    cotterboy2381 New Egg

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    We will follow your advice. Thank for with your help. We will keep posting on the progress. By the way, what would be a good breed if we wanted laying turkey hens? And where would be a good place to find them?

    Thanks again
    Scott & Kelli
     
  6. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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  7. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Any of the heritage turkeys make great pets and momma's. Your Broadbreasted turkeys are for meat only. We do not recomend them for people who want a pet. Of the large hatcherys Cackle and Privett are the only ones who hatch their own turkey. Everyone else drop ships. Porter and Sandhill also hatch turkeys but the sell out fast.
     
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