Tom seems to be having trouble swallowing

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Glos Girls, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. Glos Girls

    Glos Girls Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2014
    One of our Toms seems to be having trouble with his throat, he is having trouble swallowing. Not while eating, just as he is walking around & his hissing seems to be different, like he can't do it right. Any advise? .. Thank you
  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    (quoted from another page with somebody having the exact problem)

    If it's only recently occurred it could be something it ate that caused an irritation, or even something like eating a wasp or bee. Hopefully it passes in a few days. I feed my turkeys a pellet as they often had troubles swallowing crumbles after a certain age. It can take some time mixing the two together and slowly increasing the pellet. Sometimes it's the texture and sometimes it's the taste.

    There are some diseases like botulism which can cause them to have troubles swallowing, but there is usually other symptoms. The best you can do is watch and wait and see how it goes. If it continues to have troubles it's best to cull or butcher.

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