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Strange behavior of turkey chicks

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Alargacci, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Alargacci

    Alargacci Hatching

    Jan 26, 2012
    I just incubated turkey eggs and three of the five hatched seemed weaker than the others - two with curled feet. (The stronger two I separated out and placed in a different brooder). I cut a small piece of styrofoam plate and attached it to the bottom of their feet and now they are standing and getting around just fine. The strange part is that two of those three sleep on their back. It scared me silly at first - thinking they had died!. I touch them or flip them over and they are fine - walking, eating and drinking as normal. Has anyone else ever saw a turkey lay/sleep on their back?

  2. Wayne&Kim1963

    Wayne&Kim1963 Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    Covington, OK
    no is just because they were weak. I would turn them over right and they will quit it in time.
  3. Cold Canadian

    Cold Canadian Songster

    Jun 19, 2010
    Manitoba Canada
    I have lost a lot of chicks so far this year because they fall down and land on there backs and they can't upright them selves ! They just lay there after a while and stop cirping and if I find them in time I upright them and put them back under the heat bulb,if I don't find them and they are away from the bulb and heat sourse I find them weak and in most cases even though I put them back into the incubator to heat them back up ....they die ! I've lost over half of the chicks so far this year because of this ??? what ever it is ,.... off balance disorder ......and I can't figure it out !
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012

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