My turkey is limping can someone with experience please help!!!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by chickenlady08, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Songster

    Jul 27, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    I got 3 turkeys 2 weeks ago. I was told by the previous owner that they are 8-9 months old. One is a confirmed male (Red Bourbon) and 2 they called standard whites (which I have come to the conclusion they are New Hollands) They also told me one was a female and one was male, not 100% sure on that (both white ones have the starts to the 'beard' that males get. anyways one of my white ones started limping 2 days ago just slightly and we looked at the foot and I didn't see any broken skin, cuts, scrapes and toenails look fine. Now today the foot is swollen and warm to the touch and limping with every step. He/she stayed inside their shed/house most of the day. Appetite is normal (as it has been since we got them) Feeding them grower/.finisher (which is what we feed my chickens) and they get corn and grit and calcium and plenty of water.

    From what I can see it does not look like Bumblefoot but the pad is swollen. Does anyone know what could be the problem? They free range all day and I lock them up at night.

    I will try to post a picture of the foot and the normal foot for comparison tomorrow. to dark now, but wasn't sure if someone could give me any idea what could be going on.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Crowing

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    broke foot bone maybe?
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Songster

    Mar 30, 2008
    Check for splinters or thorns if you haven't already too...
  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    How big are the whites? They could have sold you BBW's which would start to have problems around this age. They would be big, around 40lbs or so at this age. It could also be a hip problem from being caught when you bought them.
  5. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Songster

    Jul 27, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    I am going to try to post pictures of the 2 whites. they are heavy when I pick them up but not overly huge. I pray they are not the BBW. I specifically asked to be sure they weren't intended for food. The daughter used them for 4-H so I am hopeful that you all can identify them.
  6. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Songster

    Jul 27, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA

    [​IMG]Here are my 2 white turkeys. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2012
  7. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Songster

    Jul 27, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    Can someone maybe verify my trukeys are White Hollands in the above pictures? Thanks again!
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2012
  8. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Songster

    Jul 27, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    anyone please. his/her foot is swollen twoice its normal size
  9. FarmTillURdead

    FarmTillURdead Chirping

    Jan 31, 2012
    Centerville, KS
    I had this happen with a chicken once. It's ankle blew up like a baloon. If it's poofy and not rock hard...
    Wrap the whole bird in a towel and gently cover it's head so it doesn't jump around and wait until it is calm.
    Insert a scalpel in between leg scales in the most swollen area (not on an area in contact with the ground as it will be inpossible to keep infection out) just enough to break the skin. Wrap a clean - non-fabric softened towel around it and apply pressure to gently squeeze out the infection.
    It should bleed some and have lymph fluid drain - yellow, white or slight greenish tint. (gross I know).
    (if it doesn't drain - there is another problem and you need a vet.)
    Once it i drained the skin/scales will be loose and floopy. It's ok. But your goal is to get the bad out and any excessive bleeding to stop.
    Soak the cut and area in peroxide. Drench it. Let it fizz until the fizz stops.
    It will still bleed a little... Dry the area.
    Place a clean cotton ball over the wound and using first aid tape... tape the cotton ball on well so the bird won't be able to pick it off.
    Keeping the bird in a dark place helps as they tend to sleep.
    If the loose skin is CRAZY loose leave it taped for 2 days. If there was only some minor loose skin go ahead and remove the bandage, apply more peroxide, dry and rebandage.
    On the third day the swelling should have not come back but the bird needs to be kept seperate for at least 5 days for the leg to heal.
    This is risky with a turkey as they tend to pick at their feet... but if you think your going to lose the bird and have no other option it is worth a try.
    If it picks - spray both legs down with iodine solution to dye both legs to look the same.

    - I have over 80 chickens and 22 Turkeys.
    I'm not a vet. But I have been known to "take a stab at it".
  10. chickenlady08

    chickenlady08 Songster

    Jul 27, 2009
    Eastern Shore, VA
    thank you. i wish you were here to do this for me. lol but this sounds like this could work. i have performed bumblefoot surgery on a few chickens but this could be interesting.i am going to try to get pictures of the feet tomorrow. can you tell me what breed my white turkeys are?

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