Injured Tom

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Anita Scott, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. Anita Scott

    Anita Scott In the Brooder

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    We had 6 of our bbb survive. They are 3 months old. A couple of weeks ago, one of my birds attacked my tom on the upper part of his wing. Not sure what kind of bird, rooster, guinea or another tom. He couldn't stand, but we doctored him up and seperated him from the others. It has been 2 weeks and he stands for a short time and takes a few awkward steps. He is eating and drinking well and the injury seems to be healed. I am not sure if it is a wing out of place or the opposite side leg.
    We are trying to decide if he will ever recover completely, so he can return to the flock or is this the Lord's way of telling us he needs to be butchered. It will still be hard to do that., even though we have butchered many wild turkeys.
    The other birds still attack him when we put him in the grass to exercise. We have 3 hens and 2 other toms. Even the hens get dominant and attack him. They make a very unusual deep sound and turn red.
    Any suggestions as to letting him to continue or butchering . is 3 months too young or should we keep him until 20 weeks. He is not gaining weight, but eating well.
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    Three months is not too young to process a BB turkey.

    Personally I won't eat a sickly turkey.

    While he is recuperating, you could give him vitamin B complex. It should help his leg recover. Mix it up at the rate of 1/2 tablet or capsule dissolved in one gallon of water. Make it his only source of water and it should be made fresh daily.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Anita Scott

    Anita Scott In the Brooder

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    We wanted to wait until he was healed before we thought about taking him out.
     
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