Turkey swelling on skull- fluid filled?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by myohmiya, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. myohmiya

    myohmiya Out Of The Brooder

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    We've got a BBB turkey at the farm I work at, about 4 months old, and the top of its head, just around the skull, looks as though it's filled with fluid, it wobbles a little when the bird walks around. I can get a pic tomorrow but thought I'd see if anyone had seen this before. It is not swollen head syndrome, as it's just above the skull, like it's wearing a helmet- the face looks normal. Turkey acts perfectly normal, it is a bit smaller than most of the others though. Any thoughts?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    It sounds like swollen head syndrome to me. It affects turkeys and meat birds most of the time. I would be interested in seeing a picture. Here is a thread from a few weeks ago of a chicken with what I thought was SHS although they never could get it confirmed. It eventually went down after 2 weeks, much like SHS: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/809141/extreme-cranial-swelling-graphic-pics
     
  3. myohmiya

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    interesting, the turkey doesn't look like that as there's no swelling on the face at all- even by the "eyebrows". will get a pic up tomorrow
     
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  4. Eggcessive

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    I don't know if you are in Minnesota, but there have been a lot of outbreaks of SHS there in the past.
     
  5. myohmiya

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    We're in WA. These are the best pics I could get without having a finger pecked off :)[​IMG][/IMG]
     
  6. myohmiya

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  8. myohmiya

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    Update with Graphic photos below! (I'm not seeing where to edit the title of the post.. sorry!)

    We butchered the turkeys and I thought I'd post what was in there in case anyone was interested, it turned out to be a relatively hard fat deposit in the skull








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  9. Egg Yolk

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    Woah... That is gross
     
  10. MelissaTXRn

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    Oh My Stars!
    Thanks for posting.
     

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