Turkey eating it's own excrement? Never kiss a turkey on the mouth!!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Poultergeist, May 29, 2008.

  1. Poultergeist

    Poultergeist Out Of The Brooder

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    Bronze Breasted Turkey's Making a meal out of their own excrement?????

    I have ten BB turkey's living outdoors in a 20x 40 foot pen. They seem to enjoy chowing down the feces of their pen mates as soon as the crap hits the ground. I keep them well watered, and they have ample access to forage as well as 20 Percent poultry food. I even have added protein grain (oats and corn) thinking it might be a protein deficiency. They still eat their own crap though. I am concerned. Has anyone experienced this before....? Any opinions would be appreciated..,.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah... I've caught a few of my turkeys eating fresh chicken poo... the cecal type too. YUCK!
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING! [​IMG] I know I shouldn't have opened THIS thread.... [​IMG]
     
  4. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Yep mine do it too. BBB arn't the smartest birds in the shed. Must not be getting all the protein out of the feed in the first go round! [​IMG]
     
  5. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

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  6. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    And to think i have 2 Royal Palm heading to my house. There goes my dinner in Nov.
     
  7. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    I don't know how concerned you should be. Coprophagy in turks isn't that unusual, but I've yet to see it in our Royals/Slates (3yrs). I'd probably try polyvisol in the water and switch to 30% Game Bird Starter and observe for decreased poop scarfing (some deficiency or other). From what I've read, keeping pens TOO clean can promote disease owing to decreased bacterial (normal flora) load.

    IIRC this behavior is more common in dogs and mice...

    And we humans (waste not/want not, right?) have gotten quite industrial about it:

    http://www.fao.org/DOCREP/004/X6518E/X6518E00.HTM
     
  8. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    Wow, they've even written a book on it :|
     

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