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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crtrlovr, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    Honey: blue slate turkey hen, 6 mos. old
    Symptoms: drooping wings, lethargic (sudden onset, fine last night)
    one watery poo slightly greener than usual, w/ some yellow bits and
    some whitish, mucus-y looking liquid

    no other symptoms

    Diet: Purina Sunfresh game bird crumbles free choice
    scratch grain (couple of scoops scattered in the run for everyone)
    veggies past their prime but not spoiled

    Flockmates: standard LF , OEGB BBred bantams, silkies, and 2 guineas

    Run: grass and currently mud (2 areas stay muddy during the wet seasons)
    approx. 125' X 50" w/ 6' chain link fence

    Honey has never laid an egg (don't know what age turkeys start, but I'm guessing she's still rather young for that), and up until this morning has been fine. When I went to let them out this morning, she didn't come charging out the door with the others; she stayed up on the roost boards, wings drooped a little. I set her on the floor and she walked out slowly, then expelled a poop (described above). She just doesn't look like she feels good, and if something's going on I want to get a handle on it immediately! She's a very sweet, much loved bird and I would really appreciate any help or advice. She's the only turkey I have, and she's here b/c a friend was no longer able to keep her. Thank you in advance for your help. [​IMG]

    ETA: she was vaccinated for Marek's at the hatchery; I don't know if she had any other vaccinations.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2009

  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    anyone? please? [​IMG]
  3. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Songster

    Jun 29, 2009
    I can't answer your question, sorry, but I've been reading a lot of threads on here lately describing what you've described. Everyone keeps bringing up molting as the culprit. We don't have that problem here, so [​IMG]

    Bring her inside where you can watch her. Until you find out what is wrong with her, if it was my girl, I'd start giving her the standard get-well treatment for chickens.

    Poly-vi-sol drops without iron. Once a day. Chickens take three drops, so if she's twice the size of a chicken, give her 6. If she's just a little bigger, give her 4. Open the beak a little and put the drops in at the side.

    Hardboil some eggs. Take the yolks and mash them up with her regular lay crumble. The first day, add some molasses. I don't know how much. I'm trying to remember how much it was for a hen. I'd say a 1/2 tablespoon would be safe for now.

    The next time you feed her, do the yolk, crumble, and add a little bit of plain yogurt.

    If she's drinking well, that's good. If not, put some honey in her water.

    NOW, with all that said, I just want you to know you are not alone.
    For the BEST advice, I turn to threehorses. You can search keyword " (blank) " author "threehorses", or directly PM her. She's not on here all day, so it could be a while.
    Also, SteveofSandsPoultry knows turkeys.... You can PM him directly.

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