Huge wound under his wing!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by GBov, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. GBov

    GBov Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Went to catch my big tom turkey today (wanted turkey nuggets for dinner this week [​IMG] ) only to find a huge wound right under his wing. It looks like someone took a razor knife to him!

    Its not bleeding and doesn't seem infected so my question is, should I do anything for him?

    His face is nice and blue, he keeps poofing up and strutting and is eating and drinking.

    And does anyone have any idea how he got sliced?

    I haven't seen any fighting but he is in with another BBW (broad breasted white) male and four Bourbon Reds. Two male and two female BRs but they haven't started strutting yet so again, no sign of fighting. They all live together in a ten by ten ft dog kennel, along with five silkies that turned out to be roosters *sob* instead of the hens we wanted.

    It does sounds crowded but they have lots of things to get up on so they seem quite happy.
     
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    My guess would be sparring (sharp spurs on toms?). Spray wound with bluKote or Betadine tea (10 parts water/1 part betadine). If it is still `fly' season at your location, spray Adam's tick and flea on outside of wing covering wound - not on wound).

    We file the sharp tips off our tom's spurs. This results in bruising instead of lacerations and they heal up faster.

    I'd probably separate out the wounded party so the wound doesn't get extended...

    Good luck!
     
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  3. GBov

    GBov Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:No spurs to speak of but they do have very long sharp claws. I have none of the above medication but will see what I can come up with tomorrow. Hmmmmm, might bring him home tomorrow and put him in with the house chickens so I can tend him easier.
     

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