my 10 week old turkey poult died yesterday

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by bargain, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

    Apr 13, 2008
    Bowdon, GA
    I am so distraught. He was doing very well. I had him in a pen outside next to mom and dad. They loved him and did not hurt him. He had been in the pen about 2 weeks. Was eating and drinking and happy. He had a huge pen with access to water food and grass. Mom and Dad are okay. Any ideas what I did wrong. When I went to feed him yesterday morning, he was laying down barely breathing. I checked for wounds, etc. I'm heart broken. I tried to give him a few drops of water he would drink but then within about 1 hour he was dead. He was our first turkey born on the farm. I have more little turkeys coming from my broke down incubator today. I just don't want to repeat my mistake. Please help.
  2. gypsygirl1421

    gypsygirl1421 Songster

    Nov 27, 2007
    Albany, NY
    What part of the country are you in? It sounds like this was something that happened fast and he had respiratory issues. I have heard of chickens dying of West Nile Virus and that usually comes with respiratory distress but I am not sure if turkeys get it. You could possibly send him to Cornell U, they do necropsys for a fee and can let you know what happened. Hopefully someone comes along that knows more than I do, I just got into turkeys myself and I have heard people tell me they are mean but my blues are so sweet. I am so sorry for your loss, you'd think at that age he would be in the clear.
  3. warcard

    warcard Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    SE Indiana
    We had this problem with our babies last year. Turkeys can be very fragile as youths. What helped us alot was worming with Ivermectin pour-on (Eprinex), we had sent a couple bodies off for necropsy and they came back with gapeworms and a bunch of other stuff, but we treated for the gapeworms and did much better. I figure the wormer killed off gapeworms and any other worms and without the worms they were better able to combat other problems.

    Try this website:

    The Eprinex comes in a big bottle, but you are going to need a very small syringe for the babies (around 1cc/22lbs, so you end up dosing with parts of a cc). You might also use it on the bigger birds (if you can weigh them [​IMG] ) just to help rid to yard of worms.

    Worm as soon as they hit dirt! If this doesn't seem to help you might consider a course of antibiotic, if you catch a problem in time.
  4. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Turkey poults can, will and do die all of a sudden for no apparent reason. They are the hardest bird we have that we raise. Sometimes they do just die.
  5. lengel

    lengel Songster

    Apr 30, 2008
    We had this problem with a guinea hen keet last year. One just dropped an hour after showing distress. Young animals can just do that sometimes.
  6. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Songster

    Apr 2, 2008
    I had no idea turkeys were so hard to raise. I was thinking of having my son do a turkey project next year but now maybe not.

    Sorry about your baby. [​IMG]
  7. warcard

    warcard Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    SE Indiana
    The best thing to do is keep them off dirt for as long as you can. Once they hit dirt, worm them as I stated above, and watch them like a hawk with antibiotics at the ready at least for the first couple months.
  8. im so sorry! [​IMG]

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