Turkey poult has spraddle leg and possibly a neurological disorder. Please help

Mboltz12

Chirping
Aug 20, 2019
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Alabama
Hello,
I hatched a Narragansett turkey poult yesterday. He was 3 days late hatching and he couldn't get out of his shell, as he zipped around but it was kinda shredded so he couldnt push out so i barely tugged the shell to help with the outer membrane and he finished the rest.
While in the incubator, he was shaking his head uncontrollably and kept getting stuck on his back. He also looked like he was gasping so I took him out to finish drying in the brooder.
Once dried I noticed his legs were pushed to the side and he couldn't straighten his legs to stand.
He just lays there because if he gets up, he falls to his back and cannot self right himself.
He will also shake his head periodically like something is wrong. His head appears alittle off center and the left side seems alittle swollen as well.
I currently have him in braces to try to correct the spraddle leg so maybe he will be able to start using his legs correctly.
Any advice or similar experiences would be great appreciated.
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Mboltz12

Chirping
Aug 20, 2019
25
59
69
Alabama
Try what you will,,,, But try not to get too attached....

I find they normally do not live too long... sorry I have no better news for you.
Oh I am already attached unfortunately. I have been working tirelessly doing what I can to try to give him quality of life.
He may not live long and I know that is a possibility but I will say. I have done multiple things today and I've seen a huge turn around just half of today.
Braces are working in his favor. Instead of just laying in one spot all day. Tonight he has actually walked to his food and water and ate and drank. Well, I say walked he actually stumbled but its WAY more than he has been doing.
He is finally putting pressure on his legs so I'm very impressed.
He is more alert and just seems better than he has.
Thanks though as I know it may not be a good ending.
 

duluthralphie

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Oh I am already attached unfortunately. I have been working tirelessly doing what I can to try to give him quality of life.
He may not live long and I know that is a possibility but I will say. I have done multiple things today and I've seen a huge turn around just half of today.
Braces are working in his favor. Instead of just laying in one spot all day. Tonight he has actually walked to his food and water and ate and drank. Well, I say walked he actually stumbled but its WAY more than he has been doing.
He is finally putting pressure on his legs so I'm very impressed.
He is more alert and just seems better than he has.
Thanks though as I know it may not be a good ending.

I always hope for the best.. good luck.
 

Mboltz12

Chirping
Aug 20, 2019
25
59
69
Alabama
@Mboltz12 , how'd he do overnight?

He done good.
He is 2 days old and is getting stronger and is eating and drinking some.
His legs are working more in his favor now and he can fully stand with his legs extended, which he couldn't before.
I have know found that he is partially blind in his left eye so he had to of injured himself when hatching and thats why he had some swelling on that side. That has gone down tremendously.
I'm putting antibiotic ointment on his little protruding belly. That is healing.
He tires out pretty quickly but he is wqy more active.
I feel good about his prognosis but of course he is still very delicate.
My 5 year old has named him Mr. Wobbles since he was so unsteady.
Thanks for checking in on him. I will try to post updates as he goes.
 

MANNA-PRO

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