I need help with my 14 week old white turkey

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MarvtheTurkey, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. MarvtheTurkey

    MarvtheTurkey New Egg

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    So, I've had this baby turkey for about 14 weeks. He has been a talkative, happy little turkey. About last week, I was with him walking through the yard helping him find bugs and what not to eat, when I noticed that he had a piece of weed eater string in his mouth. It was about a good inch and a half long. Before I could get it from him, he ate it. [​IMG] So, a couple of days later I noticed he started acting more sluggish. We moved him inside and have been watching him ever since. He does drink water and is starting to eat more. He has white, watery poo. (I suppose that is not good.) He seems fine until I take him outside.When he goes outside he lets his wings droop. Then he just sits there and acts sluggish again. And he is not very talkative anymore. I'm afraid I have lost my pal. [​IMG] He gets a lot of sleep now (which is good for recovering?) I'm not sure if he is going to make it or not, or if he is going to become his former self again. Will he be a mindless zombie turkey for the rest of his life? Or will he just not make it? T.T
     
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Just saw your post. How is the turkey?
     
  3. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    So sorry. If the weed string is still caught up in his croup you can feel it if you massage the croup. If it is there you will have to do a bit of croup surgery to remove it, where you make an incission in the croup, pull it out and flush, then stitch up the croup. If it has moved further then only a vet can get it out unless it passes on it's own. i would add mineral oil or veggie oil to his feed to see if it helps, or perhaps some metamucel(sp)
     
  4. MarvtheTurkey

    MarvtheTurkey New Egg

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    Well, I kept him inside and he wouldn't eat much corn, so I fed him strawberries. ^.^ it kept him hydrated (and made him poo) and he eventually got better. I never did see any weed eater string though. [​IMG] Then we think he may have had heat stroke too. He was better, but he wasn't... Unfortunately, my sisters dog killed him about two weeks ago. Snapped his poor little neck in half. It was very, very sad.... Thankyou for your help and concern about the little guy though. If this happens again, I'll surely think of your recommendations to help solve this problem.
     

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