Turkey Help needed

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by VaM715, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. VaM715

    VaM715 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Fincastle, VA
    I bought some turkeys over the weekend and moved them to their new home. I have a large fenced lot, plenty of room, food and water. The birds are all at least a year old. One hen has been listless and with drawn. I showed her food and dipped her beak in the water but she still just sits and hides and stares off into space. The other three are clucking and doing good. A little skittish, but they are pecking and eating. The listless one moves around some, but is keeping to herself. I have not seen her eat or drink. Could she be in shock from the move and her new surroundings? How long could she stay in this state? She was fine when I bought her and went down hill immediatly after the move. Any advice?
  2. ronniega1

    ronniega1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2008
    vidalia ga
    try giving her some green leaves for treats kale, mustard greens etc for a treat and see if she picks up...i hope it is just temporary give her some vitamins and electrolytes see what happens.....[​IMG]
  3. foxcove4

    foxcove4 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    In no way am I trying to give advice, I've had turkeys less than 6 weeks. This was just my experience.
    I bought a year old bourbon red gobbler and a couple young bronze poults at a sale 6 weeks ago. I let them roost in the barn, where one of the stauls is converted to a chicken coop where I have about 30 chickens. The turkeys roost in the rafters(old tobacco barn) and free range all day. I let the chickens out, first thing in the morning, they free range all day also. I didn't know about the dangers of keeping turkeys with chickens. After about 3-4 weeks, the tom and ond one of the poults became very sick. Sitting all puffed up, not eating or drinking. Just resting in the sun, acting depressed I couldn't get a vet to see them. One vet told me"most people just throw sick birds on the compost pile." I read everything I could online and in books and guessed it was a case of either blackhead or cocci. I read so many contradicting things and I didn't know what to do. I went to 3 local feed stores, nobody knew anything. I bought a livestock medicine called sulmet, for less than $15, figuring they are going to be dead soon, why not try something. The sulmet I bought is supposed to be placed in their drinking water. This wasn't an option, since they were not drinking to my knowledge. When they are drinking, they share a 50 gallon tub with llamas and there is a creek. I estimated how much they needed, (more of an uneducated frustrated guess) I shot 6 mls down the gullet of the older tom, and half that down the younger birds. I gave them the first dose around 5 pm, by morning they were acting almost normal. I dosed them again on day 2. On morning 3 I was awakened by the tom gobbling outside my window. I then cut the dose in half and treated them for 4 days. It's only been about 10 days but they seem happy and healthy.
    Again, I don't know what I'm doing, but out of desperation, I took a shot in the dark, and it seems like I got lucky. I didn't have a proper diagnosis and I didn't follow the instructions with the medicine. I'm just saying, if your desperate and can't find any help. If it were me, I'd rather go out swinging

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