Sick Turkey. Please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gschulken1023, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. gschulken1023

    gschulken1023 New Egg

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    My best friend has a sick turkey and reached out to me for help. I'm a third year vet student, but unfortunately we don't get much education in pet poultry. I'm also 7 hours away from her so I'm unable to actually see the turkey. I really would like to give her some insight/help and I'm hoping someone on here could give me some thoughts. I've already advised seeing the vet, but there aren't many in the area that see turkeys and those that do are closed till Monday. I don't want her to lose him before then.

    His name is Rocky and he's a 2 year old, he's a heritage breed (I'm not sure exactly which one). He's been a bit lethargic and less vocal than usual for the last couple weeks, but has been eating and drinking normally until yesterday. He won't stand up on his own and she tries to stand him up he is very wobbly and uses his wings to support himself. He will hold his head up and seems to be alert. He refuses feed, but will take water when offered. He seems to be breathing normally. Yesterday when she picked him up, he "vomited" a yellow bile like material (a cup or two). He doesn't seem to be having any diarrhea, he is getting poop stuck to his feathers because he's not standing up. Crop feels empty. He isn't cold but doesn't seem to be as hot to the touch as he usually is.

    She has isolated him in a dog crate with straw and a heat lamp. She has been offering him water and food every hour and has been trying to get some into him by syringe.

    Does anyone have any advice? Thank you in advance!
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Welcome to BYC. I am not too familiar with turkeys, but there is a turkey forum also, if you go to the top of the page to Forum, and scroll down to Other Backyard Poultry then to Turkeys. Turkeys are prone to some diseases such as histomonas (blackhead) which causes bright yellow droppings. If he vomited, he could be having a crop problem, such as impacted or sour crop. Crops sometimes don't function normally with other illnesses. I would keep checking the crop after he drinks to see if it is functioning. I would encourage him to drink water with electrolytes and vitamins, some probiotic plain yogurt, and offer some watery feed. The vet would be a good idea.
     
  3. gschulken1023

    gschulken1023 New Egg

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    Thank you for your suggestions. I will post this on the turkey forum as well.
     

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