Turkey not acting the same...

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Chatychick, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I have a turkey hen that isnt acting like she usually does. She is having a hard time walking and keeping her balance. The other hen that is in there is being mean to her too. I dont understand it as she has been fine up untill today when I noticed her in the coop laying on her side. Her nasel passages are clear and no other problems that I can see just now. Any ideas what it might be? It has been really cold and snowy here lately and so been taking water out to them alot. Any help is appreciated...
  2. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    Is she a meat bird, But I ad a hen the desided that she wanted to be an outcast and lived her life on the out scurts of the flock. but i really hope your girl starts feeling better
  3. chickenbutt

    chickenbutt In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2007
    Richmond, Virginia
    I had the same thing happen to my chicken - walking funny and not peckng around like the others. I carried her in and out of the coop for a few weeks and kept her with the rest. One morning I came down to the coop and my biggest rooster was stomping on her back trying to kill her or something. I took great care of her all week but she eventually died. I would try separating her from the rest until she gets better. I think maybe birds kill the weak instinctually so if she got better then they will treat her the same.
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Yes, seperate her from the other hen if all possible. Have you tried to stand her up? Does she then walk in circles before collapsing or simply flop over on her side? Besides preventing attempted `culling' of the weak by her coop mate, seperating her will allow you to assess whether she's eating/drinking (they sink fast without fluid intake). Hoping for the best. Let us know how it's going.

    Good luck!

    P.S.: you might want to post again over in EMERGENCIES

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