Suggestions on getting Baby Turkey to eat and drink

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Rufflemyfeathers, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2008
    Astatula Florida
    Ok outside of placing baby turkey with baby chicks as that is out at this point how do some you that have had baby turkeys get them started to eat and drink?? This one reminds me of the story of the Ugly won't eat or drink..I do have some sugar in water and put its beek in it to get it to take a drink and sprinkled some of its food on its floor area on top of paper towel to try and eat..need help....
  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Poor baby, I feel so sorry for them. I think they do catch on, I can't remember mine not eating but I know they did not get to it the first day or two. Try to dampen the food a bit and leave it on the ground. See if that helps.
  3. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    You can put marbles in the water, they like shiny things, also some people have put marbles in the food.
    I must have smart Turks, they ate and drank immediately and haven't stopped yet [​IMG]

    Edited for spelling
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2009
  4. ChickLuver

    ChickLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2008
    Walton, New York
    [​IMG] My guy was the same way!! If you make wet mash for them and stick there beak in the water dish. That should help. But definetly do the marbles in the water. Is he all alone or does he have friends? If he or she is alone you might want to put a stuffed animal in with them. Warmth and comfort. He might be depressed if all alone....Good luck [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2009
  5. Rufflemyfeathers

    Rufflemyfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2008
    Astatula Florida
    I had water with marbles in there no such luck..lady bought from told me to put the food on the floor of its area first few days that should perk up in about 5 days..also to put sugar in water for extra I have been stickinging its beek in water and it will then take a drink..will do this for another day and then go back to the regular plain water with marbles..thanks for any suggestions you have given and have taken all to heart and trying any of them..
  6. TreeFever

    TreeFever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2008
    When I first got my baby chickens I pecked at their food and water with my finger. They watched and once I did it a few times they got the idea.
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    I have never had any baby turkeys but had a baby chick that wouldn't drink or eat. I tried and tried even with a dropper to get a drop of water into it but to no avail. I died anyway. I kept it in the house on a heating pad. I guess it just wasn't meant to be.
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    With my day old turkey,and peachicks. Feed them the yolk of hard boil eggs. Over the starter feed. try putting the feed on foil. Use red base feeders. Dip each ones beak in the water.(sugar water first day)

    Make sure to feed a medicated feed 24% starter. Good luck with them.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2009
  9. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    What I do, with wet my finger..and stick it in the feed...they will peck at your finger...then lower your finger towards the feed bowl...this may take a few time before they " get it" Good luck with it..turkeys sure can be slow learners!
  10. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

    Nov 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    I put up to 10 day old chicks with my poults, they do teach them to eat. when i do this I never loose a poult to not eating. they can stay togeter for up to a month without any problem.

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