Hi, there. This is my first post here, and unfortunately, it's because one of my turkeys is sick. I have three turkeys, two of which I hand raised (my first ones, though I've kept chickens and ducks for many years). The two I hand raised are Broad Breasted Bronzes, and the third is a Broad Breasted White. They're about three months old, and just two days ago, my male, Danno, seemed ill. I was worried immediately because he's usually bright and active, so when I noticed his lethargic behavior, droopy wings, and head hanging towards the ground, I was very alarmed. Right away I picked him up and started checking him out. It turns out that he had many tiny bugs (lice? ticks? I haven't been able to correctly ID them), on his head and neck. I removed them (a disgusting number) and have been feeding him scrambled eggs, yoghurt, and his pellet feed by hand since then, 2-3x per day. I do give him water by hand as well, but when I went out to check on him early this morning, he was awake and drinking on his own (very heartening since he wasn't before!). When I first started doing this, he wasn't defecating very often, and when he did, it was very watery and thin, with a slightly yellow color. Now, he's going much more often and the color has changed to brown mixed with white, but it's still diarrhea. I'm noticing a small improvement; he seems livelier, at least, and isn't standing with his beak resting on the ground anymore. But, I was feeding him a little bread about a half hour ago, and his crop seemed a little on the large side, though I didn't look at it after I fed him a few hours earlier. I pressed on it and when whatever was in there began to come back up, I noticed a rather gross smell. It's extremely hot and I'm not sure if it's the smell of all the yoghurt he's been eating mixed with his body heat/his body breaking it down/the external heat, or something more serious like sour crop. Regarding the bugs: we've never had a problem with them before, and I've gotten a material to take care of them. I live in Turkey (har, har. Turkeys in Turkey, I know), so finding the alternative names of this pesticide was a little difficult. It's called Propetamphos, or Blotic, Safrotin, and Seraphos. I'm not sure that I want to continue using it now that I've found very clear descriptions of what it is, etc. I prefer using natural methods to treat my animals. If I'm not comfortable handling something because of its toxicity, it's very unfair for me to use it on them. Regardless, the turkeys are clean now and sleeping in a location far from their original one. After the dry season is over and I can light a fire without worrying about burning the whole forest down, I'm going to burn their old sleeping location and make a more permanent one elsewhere. I would really love some advice as to what's wrong with him. Though all three are special to me, Danno is my favorite--he was the smaller of the two as a tiny poult (I didn't get Agnes until later) and everyone poked fun at him because he was a little on the strange side. So, please help! I just want him better and flying around the yard again!