my baby turkeys are dying HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by michelletrevis, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. michelletrevis

    michelletrevis New Egg

    Apr 30, 2009
    Hi, My name is Michelle.. my hubby and i have been raising chickens and hatching our own for almost 4 years...

    we bought 50 day old broilers and 50 day old bronze turkeys. 2 were dead in the box when we picked them up at the hatchery. They replaced them with 3 others.. they are dead too. Since bringing them home yesterday I have lost 36 of them. No broiler deaths.. they are thriving.

    The turkeys look like they are gagging.. not panting.. gagging.. they cant chirp and they make a cough/wheeze kinda sound. Almost like trying to clear flem or something. Like every breath they take is a gag.. tongue out and all that. If someone knows anything please help. I am going back to the hatchery tomorrow.. at 5 bucks a chick i think i deserve a little restitution. I am not a total beginner, i have NEVER lost chicks like this.

    Some even drowned in the waterer.. i have rocks in there so they dont get soaked and cant fall in, but its like they went to drink and fell face first and stayed there. I am at a total loss.. i know turkeys are dumb, but we dipped beaks one by one.. and the chicks teach them too.

    Thanks for reading my problem. Hopefully someone can help.
  2. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2008
    Ringwood area, NJ
    I have no help I did not do well raising them but I hope the hatchery helps you I would bring them all back and watch what they give me there for 10-15 minutes tomake sure they are ok there.

    Hope it all works out!
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  3. Iowa Roo Mom

    Iowa Roo Mom Resistance Is Futile

    Apr 30, 2009
    Keokuk County
    I'm pretty new to BYC but it sounds like it could be Infectious Laryngotracheitis (ILT), my brother had turkeys and all but 3 died from what the vet thought could be ILT. Fowlpox sometimes mimics ILT if the leisons are inside the throat, also. But if the turkey poults had it, it's funny that the chick are all fine. I'm not sure... but definetly tak them back, you should get a refund because clearly the birds are sick with something! Good luck... [​IMG]
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  4. California Ducken

    California Ducken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow I am sorry for your loss. No advise, I have no experience with turkeys....Poor little guys!!!

    Back to the hatchery first thing in the AM. With the's their problem to figure out!!

    In the meantime I hope someone on here gives you some insight.
    GOOD LUCK!!!
  5. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    With ILT your poults and adult turkeys will have blood where it comes from their head sinus'. I read on another site where they give the turkey poults molasses or honey for energy.

    Do you have the broilers and poults together? If you do, perhaps placing them in a quiet environment, they startle quicker from what I understand and perhaps the broilers being more piggish are not allowing the poults to eat.

    Honestly, I do not know anything and will admit that, but these are suggestions that I have read.
    Good luck. Also, if you want to read some of the illness' click on my home page (the blue below).
  6. California Ducken

    California Ducken Chillin' With My Peeps

    So what has happened since? Any luck at the Hatchery?
    Please let us know...........Thanks.
  7. okiemommy

    okiemommy Mother of 5, Prisoner to None

    May 26, 2008
    Yes, please let us know [​IMG]

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