Life after blackhead disease?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by HawaiiHorseGirl, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. HawaiiHorseGirl

    HawaiiHorseGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok so I lost half my turkey flock to blackhead. They are all healthy now but my question is I need to use my coop that they got sick in... Is there any way to kill the eggs that are left in the soil? I heavily powdered it with hydrated lime but short of moving the coop (which we cant do) what can be done if anything? Thanks for your help!
     
  2. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just treating that one coop won't prevent Blackhead if you have free range birds or other coops. You can track it in on your shoes. Be prepared to treat it at the first sign, since you know what to look for. That is my plan for the future, since I also lost birds to it.
     
  3. mitchell3006

    mitchell3006 Out Of The Brooder

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    They do develop a certain resistance to blackhead after exposure much like the resistance to cocci. This is not absolute immunity so think prevention by worming and copper sulfate. Also get some flagyl on hand just in case. Monitor their poop and enjoy your flock.[​IMG]
     
  4. 49erjohns

    49erjohns Out Of The Brooder

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    I HATE THE BLACKHEAD DISEASE!!! I have lost so many beautiful turkeys to it. I was told by the vet that once it is in the soil you can never get rid of it. I was suprised to hear some areas don't have the problem and they can keep chicken with turkeys. good luck JOHN
     
  5. Amigo

    Amigo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the symptoms?
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:
    Symptoms
    Birds develop foamy yellow diarrhea and sit huddled up
    They appear depressed and ill
    They stop eating and get very thin
    Increased thirst
    Droopiness
    Drowsiness
    Darkening of the facial region
    The birds can be so ill, that their wattle and comb goes blue​
     
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  7. HawaiiHorseGirl

    HawaiiHorseGirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Im looking at the Flagyl pills online, do you know what mg to get 200 or 400? and how much to give?

    THanks!
     
  8. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that the maximum doseage is 50-65 mg/kg. I didn't know that when my peachicks had blackhead, and I gave them double that amount every day for three days. It cured them though.
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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