Serious Problems

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Ranger1, May 14, 2011.

  1. Ranger1

    Ranger1 New Egg

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    [​IMG] My friend has three baby turkeys that are six to eight weeks old. So far two of them have VERY suddenly gotten unable to stand or walk. I brought all of them to my place and put them on antibiotics, and all are eating and drinking well, but the two still can't walk. Help, please!!!!
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Electrolytes and sugar water, STAT!
     
  3. Ranger1

    Ranger1 New Egg

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    Do you have any idea of what this might be? I really want to help these little ones, and learn why this happened.
     
  4. geepy

    geepy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
    central FL
    Had the same thing happen, The poults were doing fine and now they are dropping like flies. Can't walk and get to the feed and water. I've lost five so far. I'm not sure what to do?
     
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    What breed are these, are they broad breasted? What where they eating?
     
  6. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Poults need SO much protien and energy to sustain their growth, they often can't keep up with their body's demands. The dehydrate quickly, lose electrolytes, and become disoriented/dizzy. Combine this with their natural stupidity (poults often need to be shown to food and water repeatedly) and the poor poults dehydrate and starve to death.

    Bigger brains later means more care earlier in life.

    I had this happen with my first hatch of poults. I killed 5 of 6 before I realized they needed some "force-feeding" of sugar water. Now I keep the electrolyte water closer to the EcoGlow, and the regular water further away. I drop food directly in their nesting box, and keep a BIG trough of it at the other end of the brooder. For the first week of life, all the poults get force-fed sugarwater.

    NOW-- all that being said, there could be somehting else going on with your chickies, but I do not know what. Sorry.
     

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