Leg Problem with my broad breasted white

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by rdl, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. rdl

    rdl Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my three-week-old broad breasted white turkeys has stopped walking on one of his legs. He holds the leg in the air and hops on the other. It looks as though he can't even stretch out the toes of the foot in order to stand on it. He has been doing this for about a week. He still eats and drinks, but mostly lies in the grass. What could be causing this problem? There is no sign of injury to his leg. I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Google Spraddle Leg and see if that is it. It is very common in BB turkeys.
     
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And check it's foot closely, it may have gotten a splinter or something.
     
  4. rdl

    rdl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the help. It doesn't appear to be straddle leg, though. And there is no visible problem with the leg. It was hoping that it would correct itself, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen.
     
  5. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one legged chickens that do fine. One rooster with some fighting blood can kick butt too. But I wouldn't think a BB turkey with some weight on him will do good.
     
  6. SaraF

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    check and grab him leg. see of its cold, or he can flex his toes around your finger your something. if he can bend and use his toes. I had a turkey with a dislocated leg before, just happened over night.
     
  7. terri9630

    terri9630 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had two hens with similiar problems this year. They got progressively worse so we butchered them. As the turkey gets heavier it's other leg won't be able to support its weight and it will injure the other leg trying to hop on it.
     

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