illnesses in turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by KatyTheChickenLady, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I hear black head mentioned all the time, are there any other illnesses that turkeys are prone to that a beginner should watch out for?
     
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  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Respiratory issues are right up there to, I read alot of posts about that. Poults are very prone to Cocci. After about 6 months ish they are pretty much good to go.

    Like any other animal managment is the key, overcrowding, lack of ventilation, wet muddy conditions, not enough protien in the feed will have you burying alot of turkeys.

    Steve
     
  3. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I used to treat for cocci in my chickens and it seemed like I was always loosing birds to cocci. once I stopped feeding medicated feed & started putting them on the ground at 1 week, and NOT treating for it I started only loosing 1 or 2 a year. that's worked well for the chickens . . . I hope it works well for the turkeys, it did for my first batch. and I do kind of like raising for the naturally strong survivors.

    do they get mareks or any of those other weird chicken things?
     
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    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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