Injured Wild Turkey Hen?


11 Years
Apr 17, 2008
Poconos, PA
I cross posted this with my "Jakers" thread...

So, Jake's quite the ladies man... He's been out there calling and calling and calling. This morning at 7:30, I ran outside to hang some diapers up and there's a hen standing in my yard staring at me. I backed up and let her threw. She appears to have been hit by a car, she's got a severe limp and can barely walk. Her leg is turning black. I really hope she makes it threw the winter. I'm not for catching wild animals and caging them, but she looks to be in a lot of pain. What do you think her odds are? She let me get about 15 yards from her before she flew. She didn't go far, I can still see her popping back up here and there threw the brush on the other side of the chicken run.
You think she'll stick around? What should I do?


12 Years
Apr 6, 2007
If her leg is black then chances are she won't make it.

Mixing a wild bird in with your other birds could be a bio nightmare.

I would dispatch the poor bird.


Poultry Princess
12 Years
Jul 16, 2008
North-West Georgia
If she is wild then there is not alot you can do I wouldn't think. I too have always wrestled with the "can I help or not" issue. I have never been able to stand to see anything hurt and have been labled the Dr. Doolittle of my family. I always get handed any animal that needs attention, not that I mind. It gives me a sense of purpose.
In this case though, since she is wild, I would think there isn't much option. Hopefully the black coloration you see is just bruising and will go away on it's own with time. We can only hope. I wish you and your new found turkey friend all the luck in the world
Keep us posted on how things go. The behavior is very interesting. You could try putting out grain for her to keep her strength up and help encourage her to stay close so you could keep an eye on her. Too, it might keep her out of the road

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