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Please Help!! I have a sick Turkey!!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by kikilem123, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. kikilem123

    kikilem123 Hatching

    Apr 16, 2012
    I 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. 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!

  2. SeramaChick

    SeramaChick In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    Bump this topic! I hope someone who is well-versed in turkeys can help you. Is he still eating & drinking?
  3. Birde

    Birde Chirping

    Apr 17, 2012
    Turkeys don't do well in dampness & dirty conditions. I would suggest medicated feed. I'm not sure what to do. I have turkeys but have lost younger ones before because the conditions weren't right for them. They are better separate from a large flock & other animals.
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Keep him in a separate pen with his own food/water (monitor intake). Also, you will need to be checking the droppings color/texture/amount. Has he ever been wormed? Is the side of the face with closed eye starting to swell? Please post info. (particularly on droppings) as it becomes available.

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