Turkey Poults Laying on side

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

  1. NickGT

    NickGT In the Brooder

    Jul 7, 2018
    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

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    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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