Royal Palm Can't Walk

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by LittleRock, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. LittleRock

    LittleRock Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I've done some reading about turkeys and leg problems, but was not able to find what could be wrong with me royal palm hen. She is about 4 months old and has developed what I can only describe as leg problems. Please excuse me as this is my first real attempt at raising turkeys as pets. She can not seem to stand on her feet. She keeps tumbling over and having to use her wings as guides and supports when she tumbles over. It is extremely sad to see her suffer [​IMG]. She does eat and drink. She is currently on 22% mash, fruits and veggies from my garden, and free ranges on my acre and half property. She has the same exact diet as my other turkeys, two of which are her same age. She is the only one suffering from any leg issues. She is still very much alive as she is always trying to walk and move around. From the looks of it I would assume she is in pain [​IMG]. She stands on the upper part of her leg and not her actual feet. When I pick her up I can see her feet shake and she doesn't like me touching them. I don't see anything abnormal though. Please any advise is welcomed. Thank you all!!


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  2. LittleRock

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    This morning I went out to feed and check on my flock and inspected my royal palm hen again. This time I did notice she has her right knee/elbow swollen. [​IMG]
     
  3. ivan3

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    Yikes! Have someone else hold her (back of the turkey against one's chest and arms wrapped around her). That would allow a clear shot of both legs and the swelling.

    Is this swollen area hard, or easily indented by applying pressure to it? Are there any signs of bite marks? Drainage? Check the rest of her over as well for anything untoward.
     
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  4. LittleRock

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    Thanks ivan3! There are no signs of bite marks, or drainage. The swelling isn't rock hard but it definitely is not indentable. I'll try to get some more pictures of her before locking them up for the night. Thanks again!!
     
  5. ivan3

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    Just want to add, when you examine her leg, observe for any difference in `attitude' between good and bad legs (maybe a minor fracture at some point & resultant response to it - an aseptic abscess - hard to tell from shot but swelling seems very localized).
     
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    Pls how can I extract sperms from toms and use it to fertile hen eggs
     
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