Narragansett Turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by semm2020, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. semm2020

    semm2020 New Egg

    Jul 9, 2011
    We raise Narragansetts and only Narragansetts. They are more like dogs than birds following you around wherever you go and gobbling and running towards you when you drive down the driveway. All for a simple peanut.
    Go to in Baltimore Maryland if you are interested.
    Nick or Steve in Jarrettsville

  2. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 17, 2011
    Glad to hear it. I am getting my first turkeys this weekend 6 Narragansetts. Can't wait.

    Beautiful bird.

    Will they be OK with my free ranging peacocks? I want to free range the turkeys also.
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  3. fiberdrunk

    fiberdrunk Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 6, 2011
    This has been our experience as well. We've had 2 females for almost a year now and they are very sweet. One in particular reminds me of a dog. She hunkers down next to me and pecks me until I pet her.
  4. semm2020

    semm2020 New Egg

    Jul 9, 2011
    peacock maybe interesting. they may battle or they may be best friends. i will say it is always best to keep 3 males so there are no 1 v 1 battles. my experience is that 3 usually just don't have intense fighting.
  5. kikilem123

    kikilem123 New Egg

    Apr 16, 2012
    I also have a Narrangansett turkey that is our family pet turkey. I desperately need help as he has just recently come down with some sort of sickness and I have no idea what it could be or where to take him. We have a country vet down the road but I think they just specialize in cows and horses. If I could find out what is wrong with him then I could treat him myself. As you have raised them then maybe you could shed some light on this for me. If anything were to happen to him our whole family would be devastated. He is so much a part of this family and we all adore him. He has been completely fine up until a couple of days ago (we got him as a baby last summer) but he got into the pen with my moms chickens and there are also goats over there but not with the chickens. (we had an incident a couple years ago where my mom penned 7 of my turkeys up in an old goat pen and they all became sick and died one by one. It was very tragic. He is acting almost the same but he is walking around (not stutting which is SO unlike him, in fact all of his feathers are down) and his head is sort of different pale colors, pink, red, just not the vibrant colors that you normally see in turkeys. And his head looks shriveled and old looking (including the snood). One of his eyes is closed ( I was thinking that the rooster that tries to take him on may have injured it but I am not sure) I checked it out and it looks a bit cloudy towards the edges of the eye (but no discharge), they other eye looks perfect. It is bright and clear with no dicharge. He isnt weezing or opening his mouth. He just seems under the weather and definitely doenst look like he is feeling very good. He is also a free range turkey and has his run of the whole yard. I have looked up as many things as I could on the internet about sick turkeys but have found nothing as yet to match any of his descriptions... he doesnt have a swollen head, not acting like he cant breath or opening his mouth. I am just not at all sure what I can do to help him. If there are ANY suggestions that you have I would LOVE to hear them as I have found myself at a dead end. It isnt like I can run him up the road to a turkey doctor as there are none near me. I will try anything! I was considering what if it is some sort of bacterial infection? I am no amatuer at giving vaccines either as we vaccinate our dairy goats so if there may be a medicine via vaccine that I can try then that wont be an issue either. I just want him better as I just adore my handsome man :) Thank you so much!
  6. SouthDakotan

    SouthDakotan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds to me as though he may have gotten Black Head. Its spread from Chickens to Turkeys. They say its important to keep turkeys away from Chickens due to this disease as it will kill them. Not familiar with the disease personally though.

    Check out and see if his symptoms sound like the disease.

    Good luck!

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