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i know this has been beaten to death but black head questions

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by syble, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read so much conflicting info on blackhead it makes my head hurt. I have chickens and turkeys in the same barn. they were all hatched this year no one in no one out. turkeys are about 3 months now? every things been fine, and I've been keeping an eye out for yellow poop, none till yesterday, and suddenly yesterday the 2 hens look pale and drawn in the head. Everyone else looks fine. everyone is still eating and drinking. will the whole flock have it now? when they get it are they automatic gonners, or is there something i can do to help them along?
    Thanks
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  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Have you separated the 2 hens? I understand how all of the info about black head confusing you. My head hurts right along with yours. I have my turkeys and chickens together and I have never had a problem with blackhead, so I don't know enough about it to give you some info about it. Maybe someone with more experience with black head will come along and help you. I won't even try to post other links about black head because it will confuse you even more.
     
  3. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's blackhead, you can save them by treating right away with this drug:

    http://www.drugs.com/metronidazole.html

    The problem is going to be finding it fast enough. I used to be able to buy it OTC at the local pet stores in the fish section, but none of them seem to carry it anymore. I've only found it online, and it takes at least 2-3-4 days to get it, and this is the weekend of course.

    You might ask family and friends if anyone has ever had the human version, Flagyl, and has some still sitting around in the medicine cabinet. Its used pretty commonly to treat yeast infections for women.

    http://www.google.com/products/cata...a=X&ei=PQ4GTumoG_SmsALMj7XHDQ&ved=0CGEQ8wIwAw
     
  4. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    I can't find a link to order either without a prescription .. just found yellow poo. My turkey poults are 6 weeks and they are in with some juvie chicks and my peafowl while they're getting to know their new hen. I just wormed them last week so, hopefully, I don't have to worry about them [​IMG] Im heading out to let out the peas now... please, send the link where i can buy this stuff.
     
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The second link I posted above is to the "shopping" results page for a google search for metronidazole. None of the vendors require a prescription, in fact, the product descriptions at both Drs. Foster and Smith and Amazon say "non-prescription."

    I bought it last year via amazon.com. I don't remember the name of the linked vendor, it was some aquarium supply company.
     
  6. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yellow poop does not always mean black head desease. What it can mean, is the turkey has not been eating. Stavation mode in turkeys is the same as it is in babies that have yellow or green poop.
     
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  7. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i happen to have some metronidazole on hand from keeping frogs. its an iv bag, how much do i give to a turkey?

    I have no idea what else other then black head it could be, the one is very light and not moving much, the other is still walking around, but couldn't truly keep up. they both have sunken pale heads. and sulfer yellow poop.

    Is there a turkey wonder food? something that even a turkey that isn't interested in eating will eat? mine have never really cared fro bread.

    ANy help is appreciated. I have no idea on the dosing thanks!
    Sib
     
  8. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

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    Blackhead--it's all about location, location, location. SOme places have it some don't; contact you state ag dept and find out.THey are there to help.

    You might try to diagnose this further: google turkey diseases and you will find good sites with disease names and descriptions; is it black head or is it something else entirely . . . . a good diagnoses will lead you to the effective treatment. GL
     
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  9. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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  10. MissTurkey4

    MissTurkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This was your advice on another thread, i'm suprised you didn't post it again??? Wouldn't that apply to blackhead as well?

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=528137

    Take your sick turkey to a state lab to find out what is wrong. Then decide if you need to cull. Treating the symptoms does not end deseases like MG. The bird will always be a carrier. Many very serious disease have simular symptoms. Two months ago we had a case of Exotic Newcastle in Mexico, a hour from me. My birds were tested two weeks ago from CDC. So far no problem.

    When people treat the symptoms of unknown disease, they risk spreading disease to everyone. Even shipped eggs from birds that had MG will be spread to the flock. Maybe thats how you got it??

    Last edited by MissTurkey4 (06/23/2011 11:55 am)

    Steve​

    Yes, Thanks Steve, My point was you cant just guess based on poop color.
     

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