Turkey Poults Laying on side

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by NickGT, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. NickGT

    NickGT In the Brooder

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    I recently hatched some turkey poults, and for some reason a few of them seem to be very unbalanced and lean towards a certain side. They can't stand up properly and when they do they fall over and lie on their side. Their toes aren't curled. Their legs seem to be fine so I dont think its splayed legs. What could it be. This is happening after they hatch. There isn't a slippery surface so I know thats not a reason. Thanks.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Great Horny Toads

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    How old? Hours? Or days? Turkey poults can be quite clumsy their first day or two, but generally they sit down. They often need a day to gain strength. If any are really struggling you can put them in a sour cream container with a paper towel at the bottom to give them something to push against as they gain their footing.
     

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