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sick poult help please :( :(

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by spish, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    just been out to check the birds and found one of my turkey poults looking bad (they are 12 weeks old) she looks listless, standing withe wings down, body haunched up, head dropping down. she wont drink or eat, eyes closed looking sleepy. all other poults are fine. there was a storm a few days back and i didnt get them inside in time so a couple got wet. could this be the cause? i dont see any runny nose or eye discharge...droppings look normal in the coop (cant see any strange looking ones)

    anything i can give her that may perk her up? ive brought her inside away from the others for now in a box in a quiet room. [​IMG]
     
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  2. thaiturkey

    thaiturkey Songster

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    I have recently lost two in much the same way.

    The first was week from birth but seemed to pick up. Then it was quiet a couple of times in the way that you describe. We brought it indoors and nursed it with water but it died that night.

    The second was caught with all the others in a rain storm and got wet and cold before we could get them under cover. The vet gave us some additive for their water and told us to keep them in the coop for 3 or 4 days. One became quiet then progressively weaker and died in the coop where we put it high up away from the others.

    By my experience with those two there's not much more that you can do beyond what you are doing now. Just try to get it to drink and hope for the best.

    Good luck.
     
  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    would it be worth mixing a little sugar in some water and using a syrine put a few drops in her mouth? just to get something inside her??
     
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    thaiturkey Songster

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    Quote:That would be worth trying and I have seen it mentioned elsewhere. Our very limited experience is that once poults start to fail there's nothing much you can do other than give it your best shot and hope. If the she's suffering you might have to bite the bullet and put her out of her misery.

    Bless you for trying and I hope it works out.
     
  5. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    sadly ive just been to give her the sugar water but shes already gone [​IMG]
    thanks for the help [​IMG]
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:Awwww. So sorry for your loss. [​IMG] The same thing happened to one of my poults. I wish we knew what this was and why this keeps happening to many of us turkey owners.
     
  7. thaiturkey

    thaiturkey Songster

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    Quote:Sorry for that. You did your best.
     

  8. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    another has started showing the same symptoms and is going downhill rapidly.....anyone any idea what this could be????????????
     
  9. thaiturkey

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    We would call the vet but I know that's not and option in some places.

    Try to feed it with watered down milk.

    How have they been kept since the other one died? Is there any other sign of illness or disease this time. What are you feeding them?

    You might also post under Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures.
     
  10. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    well we've had blackhead confirmed. lost the other one in the night, but before she died she expelled the sulfur coloured poops streaked with blood. not good [​IMG]
     

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