Strange swelling on head? Now with pics!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Terri O, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all--this is my first time with turkeys and I am wondering if this is normal development? My 6 heritage breeds are about the size of full grown guineas with long legs...3 months? I noticed on the faces of two of them there is a swelling below the eye to the corner of the mouth. it is very pronounced in one and maybe a bit uneven side to side; and in the other it is less but even. The RP do not seem to have it but the bigger darker ones do and the two that are crossed with RP dont have it either. Any ideas? They have been jumping out of their kennel and roosting on the top of the fence lately...a bruise? They are normal in all other respects. THanks so much! Terri O
     
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  2. SaraF

    SaraF Out Of The Brooder

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    It may be mycoplasma gallisepticum. or Infectious Sinusitis of turkeys. My breeding hen has it, had babies, and now they got it too [​IMG] We are going to have to put her down since we didn't catch it fast enough. But order tylosin from a hatchery and feed it to them for 2 weeks or so. Only the ones who are sick. So isolate them as best as you can. It might stop it, but if u put them back after they recover, and the other ones catch it too. You may have to put them down [​IMG](((( Or just isolate them from any other poultry you have becuase it will spread to chickens.
     
  3. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh poop...(sorry [​IMG]) I will have to see if I can get some of that. I am going to do research right now to see if Tylan is the same thing...I have that on hand. THanks! TErri O
     
  4. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK I have injected them with the tylan I have. I had to do some math because mine was for swine and cows! when I was outside I noticed that the royal palms have it too. Now I am getting a little freaked here...they are in with my just hatched ducklings, 2 Ameraucana chicks and 6 new guineas! They are only separated from my other free range flock by a chain link fence. [​IMG] I am hoping that I am not seriously messed up here! The turkeys have been jumping out of the pen occasionally all this week.

    Now what should I do??? I called the breeder of the turkeys but did not get him tonight. Any other ideas for me anyone? Thanks! Terri O
     
  5. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here they are...sorry the first two are a bit blurry--they didnt seem to like me crawling around in there!

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    Thanks so much for any help you can give me! Terri O
     
  6. ivan3

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  7. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Looks like it could be the beginning of that! It looks awful! Mine arent quite to that stage yet. I injected them tonight and will go to the farm store tomorrow--when I called they said they didnt have it but I am positive I saw that container there...or I will order it.
    Does anyone know if I can treat the ducklings, guineas and 2 young chickens that are in with them...should I? Terri O
     
  8. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Anybody? Should I just treat the sick ones and leave them with the ones already exposed? T
     
  9. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I know the Merck manual usually will tell you if you should treat just the sick, and if it's transmittable to the others. I'd see what it says about that? Good luck with your babies that looks painful.[​IMG]
     
  10. Terri O

    Terri O Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have been giving them injections in 2 placed with the Tylan as the manual said. They are moved into a separate pen also. THe remaining guineas, chicks and ducklings still look OK. The turks are looking great! The ones that have been treated and extra day have no more swelling and the new ones are starting to go down to normal. I have ordered the water soluble Tylosin (thanks for that link!) and will start them on that as soon as it gets here.

    Thanks for all the help! I sure hope I got this in time. I guess I will have to start over with some new turkeys if the breeder's flock come back positive. If the test comes back negative I guess I must have carriers in my flock [​IMG]
    and not much can be done...Terri O

    (PS) It doesnt seem to be painful to them at all.
     

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