Need turkey help, please!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' 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. smile

    ETA: she was vaccinated for Marek's at the hatchery; I don't know if she had any other vaccinations.
  2. Gloria

    Gloria Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm sorry to hear about your turkey. Do you think she might have got a chill from being in the mud? Maybe Steve or someone else with more knowledge will come along soon. Good luck with your Honey.
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Has your weather just changed like ours in NC, we went from dry and warm fall to wet and cold for the last 3 or 4 days. That can throw them off, did she get wet and chilled? Any discharge or foam around her nostrils or eyes? Birds don't get colds but can get respritory issues that look like a cold. Listen to her breathing, put her beak "sort of" in your ear and listen. Once she calms down it should be even and not raspy or sound congested.

    I'll throw out a few links for you to read and tell me if they match at all.

    Steve in NC
  4. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Has she ever been wormed with an all around getum all wormer?? Just watch for cocci in moist/wet soils, can come on anytime..
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2009
  5. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    I had this happen and it ended up being a sour crop or impactec crop! Check the crop! Is it full or puffy? If you press on it, do they burp a sour smell? If so, you need to treat this NOW! They will die within a day if not treated immediately! Take mineral oil(walmart carries this)--squirt a couple teaspoons down the throat. Also, I believe Apple Cider vinegar helps--take food away for now and massage the crop after giving the mineral oil.
  6. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2007
    Before you do anything, you might want to find out if she's in heat... When turkey hens want to be bred, they act just like that -- very lethargic. It's an invitation to Mr. Tom to come on over and do his thing! You wouldn't be the first person who thought her turkey was acting sick!
    That may be exactly what's going on, especially at that age. Do you have a mature tom? Could you put them together -- she might cheer up and go back to normal afterwards! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2009
  7. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just be careful with Apple Cider vinegar and soar crop, can make it worse than it is if a bird has it..Also remember never use pure Apple Cider vinegar can cause burns to mucus membranes..

    Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. The main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. As the name suggests, it's quite harsh. Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted with water or juice before swallowed. Pure apple cider vinegar could damage the tooth enamel and the tissues in your throat and mouth. Vinegar has been known to cause contact burns to the skin.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2009

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