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???Sick birds or just aggressive???

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Superman1360, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Superman1360

    Superman1360 In the Brooder

    May 18, 2009
    Hi Everyone,

    I have 7 turkeys. I had 8, but one of my heritage bronze died after about 2 weeks. The grain store I buy my chicks from said that most of the heritage didn't look to healthy when they arrived from the hatchery, so I figured that was what happened to that one. My turkeys are 8 weeks old and have been outside for a month in my Turkey coop.

    6 of the 7, all the broad breasted whites but not the other heritage have what looked like blood on their beak right where the beak meets the head. This particular group has been very aggressive. Compared to the 5 I had last year. When they were in the brooder, they kept pecking each other a lot, so I trimmed back the beaks just a little with some finger nail clippers. I thought they were bleeding from still pecking each other, but now it looks more like it is eating away at the beak, like it is some disease or fungus.

    They do free range on the days I am home to keep away the fox in our area, but some days are inside all day. And for a couple weeks, there was one Momma hen and her little chick she hatched in the same pen. I know I have read to keep them separated, and they are now, but I needed to put mom in there in a large dog kennel with her baby since my other RIR hens were trying to kill her baby.

    What do you think? Should I give them some medicine or is it just from pecking at each other.

  2. briana1975

    briana1975 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    I am not sure. I had one young turkey that flew into the big coop and tried so hard to get out the fence she rubbed her head and beak raw in a couple spots. The spot on the beak is taking longer to heal but it has.

    Hopefully someone else might know for sure.

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