Turkey fell off slaughter truck- Rescued but needs help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GrandpaUtz, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. GrandpaUtz

    GrandpaUtz Chirping

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    Hello everybody,

    I just found this today, and I am in need of some help!

    Yesterday my girlfriend and I got a call saying that there was a scared looking turkey along side the highway near my town. Naturally we hopped right up and zoomed in to rescue the poor guy. I don't have any fowls, but my girlfriend has several chickens and a few ducks at her place, and is willing to take in the turkey once he makes a recovery, so we do have an end-game planned.

    Here is the situation: it looks like two turkeys fell off of the truck. One looks like he was dead on impact, but this giant guy survived, and we're hoping to keep him that way. He was by the side of a road, in a little ditch that was full of disgusting drain water (which probably broke his fall/helped him survive) We took him home after stopping by a vet and they said that barring any internal bleeding/injuries that we can't see now, he has a shot.

    He must be from a factory farm destined to be a thanksgiving dinner because he is big. I mean huge, has to weigh like 40-50 lbs. His hind quarters look pretty bruised up and scraped, but no big cuts or bleeding. He has been drinking some water, but not eating the oats/seeds we put in a bowl for him. He is right now resting on a bed of straw. Poor guy can't even really stand up, he's too heavy his legs won't support him. We're hoping he loses some weight and takes up walking after some care/a good diet if he survives this initial trauma.

    He seems pretty docile, very sleepy but I guess that is normal shock behavior after what he has been through. He probably never has even seen outside before today.

    What can I do to give him the best chance? Even over the course of yesterday he looked like he was starting to improve. Some color was returning to his head/gobbler. He started preening himself a little bit and looked like he fluffed up his feathers to dry them out? But this morning before I left for work he looked like he was breathing very fast/shallow. That might be because it is so hot out, though? I'm hoping so.

    I have grown way too attached to this turkey way too quickly so any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  2. GrandpaUtz

    GrandpaUtz Chirping

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    I apologize for the pictures each posting three times! Not sure why that happened!
     
  3. Windus

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    He looks anemic and cold. Where are you and what is the temp where the bird is?
     
  4. GrandpaUtz

    GrandpaUtz Chirping

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    I'm in central PA. Right now the temps are in the high 70s/80s so I'm not sure if he is cold. What can I do to help with the anemia?
     
  5. MasterOfClucker

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    I would get him inside.Under a heat lamp so the temps are 85-90F. Hydrating him with warm water via eye dropper or syringe would also help.
     
  6. Windus

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    If you can get him to eat, try some scrambled eggs. Get him under a heat lamp or on a heating pad. Shock can make them cold even if it is not cold outside.
     
  7. Rickba

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    Get some flock feeder crumbles. That wild bird seed isn't going to do it. Put some Save-A-Chick Electrolytes/Probiotics in his water. Get him to a dry warm place. The way you have him, he will die. Not to mention the pred's will get him.
     
  8. Windus

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    No matter what method you use to warm him up, make sure he has the option of getting away from the heat if it gets too warm
     
  9. MasterOfClucker

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    If you do choose to use Vitamins in his water offer normal water in a separate dish too .This bird is probably use to normal water and may not drink the vitamin water.
     
  10. andreanar

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    I know nothing about keeping turkeys, but I am pulling for this guy.
     

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