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Someone tell me I did the right thing, I feel so bad right now

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Turkeyrangler, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Turkeyrangler

    Turkeyrangler Songster

    May 9, 2010
    By Lake Superior
    I hatched out 3 poult's on Memorial day. I friend of mine had brought me 6 eggs and asked me to hatch them out because he didn't have room. I got 4 to hatch, but one died when it hatched. One was very friendly a but had spraddle leg when it hatched. I fixed it at that time but it came back a couple weeks ago. I have another post on that effort. Anyway. Tonight I had to put the little guy down and I feel so bad. I had him at the vet and they tried a number of different options, but nothing worked. My vet called me last week with another option after he had talked with a professor at the university. Very good vet BTW. That option did not work either. Another option would have run me way more money than I could afford. I couldn't put him in with the other birds because when I did he would get attacked and couldn't get away. He could get to food and water, barely and had no quality of life, at least as far as a turkey should. Of course when he was having problems right after he hatched I took care of him and he bonded. He was very friendly and enjoyed being with me and hanging out on my computer desk while he healed and after. I never planned on him being a meat bird like some of the others He would have been a pet. I never thought I would get this attached to a bird.

    Tonight I took him out after removing all his hobbles and whatnot... I let him be a turkey. I let him get around as best he could while he fed on the grass for a long time. He seemed to be happy. The end was instantaneous, no pain. I really hated doing this, but I'm sure I did the right thing. I'm just all broke up right now.
  2. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    So very sorry. Many times it's hard to do the right thing. But it still has to be done.
  3. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    [​IMG] I am so sorry.
  4. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    You did the right thing. That's all there is to it.

    In the wild that turkey would have been abandoned by the flock and most likely ripped apart by a predator or would have died slowly.

    Spraddle leg can be fixed sometimes but chronic spraddle usually just gets worse. Good job.
  5. Turkeyrangler

    Turkeyrangler Songster

    May 9, 2010
    By Lake Superior
    Thank you all for your replies. I do know I did the right thing for him, but he was so sweet and just a buddy. I know I shouldn't get so attached, but how can you help it when they do what they do. I'm sure I gave him the best time I could, but it still just sucks so bad. He will be missed. He had a great personality. Time for bed, I think I may cry some more as I should.
  6. EggHunter_66

    EggHunter_66 Songster 10 Years

    Aug 4, 2008
    Box Springs,Georgia
    My heart goes out to you in your pain, I am so sorry! You wrote that he had no quality of life so you did the right thing.
  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    [​IMG] Im so sorry--for those of us who have had birds for a while-or not, have all experienced this heartache in one form or another. It all stinks when it has to happen but you absolutely did the right thing...
  8. Nut Lemon

    Nut Lemon Chirping

    Jul 9, 2010
    Mid- Coast Maine
    Quote:don't be sorry that you got attached. you gave that bird the best quality of life it could have gotten. If i were that bird, and I had you as my caregiver, I would be having thee happiest life i could have had. and you did do the right thing he could never be happy without other birds and barely being able to get food and water. you definitely did the right thing, while it was alive, and the decision to put it down. I'm so sorry that you are in pain because of this. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] i wouuld give you a million virtual hugs if i could.
  9. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

    Jul 5, 2007
    Sevier County, TN
    You did good [​IMG]

    Your choice is a responsibility we all must shoulder when we take on hatching and breeding birds.

    I would be more worried about you if it had been easy. That you struggle says you did good and meant well for your feathered buddy.
  10. cindy99

    cindy99 Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Tioga County PA
    sounds like you did the right thing [​IMG] feel better soon

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