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Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Fluffbutts84, Jun 20, 2019.
How can I help this poor turkey??
It doesn't look broken to me. What bone do you think is broken, and what type of food do you feed it?
It's on chick starter. I just felt it and nothing seems broken...maybe the tendon slipped?
Chick started does not contain many of the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that poults need. May I suggest that you get some turkey started for it ASAP?
Can you get some close up pictures of its hocks too?
The left hock looks pretty swollen. There is a tendon that runs down the back of the leg, does that seem like it's in the middle of the joint still?
No....I felt it and it seems to the left...
Can you get it to snap back to the center?
Ugh...I tried moving it but not with a lot of force. I didn't want to hurt it....
You have to get the leg as straight as possible which will make it easier to pop the tendon back in place. Slipped tendon (aka perosis) can be caused by a thiamine and niacin deficiency.
As @casportpony pointed out chick starter does not have the necessary levels for turkey poults. Manipulate the tendon back in place. You will probably have to tape or make a brace for it to keep it in place while it is healing. You can help the situation by making a solution with a vitamin B complex mad at the rate of 1/2 capsule or tablet dissolved in one gallon of water. Make this the only source of water. Do not add anything else to the vitamin B water. It should be made fresh daily. Give it to all of your poults.