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Turkey help?!? 1.5yr old dropped dead

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Danemama, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Danemama

    Danemama Hatching

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    I am somewhat new to poultry only having had a few chickens many years ago. We moved to a big property and bought a small flock of laying hens and a pair of turkeys about a year ago. My male turkey (and the rest of the flock) would be about a year and a half old and was in seemingly good health with no problems. I checked on them at about midnight and all was well but I woke up to a dead tom this morning. Watched the playback of the roosting area on our security cameras and he got off the perch at about 3am, alternated between laying and stumbling around for about 30 minutes then convulsed a few minutes, flipped on his back and died He seemed perfectly normal yesterday! I'd this something that could be contagious?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

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    Welcome to the site.
    It is great that you have a surveillance camera.
    My first guess would be heart attack.
    Are you in the states? What state or country is your location?
    The only way to know for sure if it was a contagious disease or other health condition, you'll need a necropsy and lab work.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Enabler

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    Welcome to BYC and sorry for your loss. If you are in the US, you may send or take the body to your state poultry lab for a necropsy to get a diagnosis. There is a list of them in this link:
    https://www.metzerfarms.com/PoultryLabs.cfm
     
  4. Danemama

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  5. Danemama

    Danemama Hatching

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    Thank you! We live in a rural area of West Virginia. We've already buried him
     

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