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stupid question: turkey parasites?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ligeia, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. ligeia

    ligeia In the Brooder

    Jan 22, 2009
    Ok, this may sound absolutely ridiculous but are male turkeys supposed to have a large, bare, reddish butt? Do they pull their feathers out or do they naturally have no feathers there? It looks like there are feather stubs like they've been pulled out. Could this be a parasite or something?
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2009
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Normally appears to look something like a vertical pink drumhead more or less exposed depending on where they are in the molting cycle. If tips of still sheathed new feathers have blood on tips, can be sign of too many mice in the coop. If you suspect `bugs' check area with a lighted loupe.
  3. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    Dust your turkeys like you dust your chickens.

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