Sick turkey

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cramey, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. cramey

    cramey New Egg

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    I have 7 9 mounth old turkeys , and I noticed yesterday one of them was standin alone on the corner and wouldn't eat or drink it just stands with it's head down it doesn't even try to fly on roost what can I do and should I get it away from my others?
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    @cramey, welcome to BYC! When one of my young turkeys or peafowl are ill I worry about blackead and E. coli, coccidiosis, worms or enteritis. All are usually treatable if caught soon enough.

    Is a vet an option?
    Is this a pet or is it for food?
    What breed is it?
    What does it's poop look like?
    Has it lost weight?
    Can you put it in a warm room?

    Read this:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...mergency-and-supportive-care-updated-1-3-2016

    If your turkey has blackhead and/or E. coli, you really should get it to a vet ASAP because the medications to treat both are not available at feed stores.

    -Kathy
     
  3. cramey

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    Yes I can put it on a warm room but there isn't an avian vet in the county I live in, it is a bronzze breasted turkey and has lost some weight. But it is not food just pet
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    What does it's poop look like? Can you post some poop pictures?

    -Kathy
     
  5. cramey

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    I don't have any pics yet but it's almost like water and like milkey yellow
     
  6. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    That could be blackhead. If it is, you need to treat with metronidazole (Fish Zole, AquaZole, Meditrich, Flagyl, etc.). The dose I use is 25 mg per pound once or twice a day for five days. Probably also a good idea to treat for E. coli with Baytril or Cipro because birds with blackhead almost always have an E. coli infection. you will also need to de-worm with Safeguard or Valbazen.

    Can you take the sick one to a vet? If it's not drinking and eating, it will need to be tube fed fluids, then fluids and baby bird food.

    -Kathy
     

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