Turkey with leg problem

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by tlreilly7, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. tlreilly7

    tlreilly7 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I have an 8 week old turkey and I believe she dislocated her leg, but I am not sure. When she walks her leg turns out awkwardly and her joint is swollen. She has another issue. Her face is swollen on one side and on that same side her eye looks irritated. Any ideas to help?



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  2. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    My turkey had the same thing too. unfortunately we had to put her to sleep, but shortly after that i found in a book that it is called Spraddle Leg.


    Spraddle Leg is a result of attempting to stand on slick surfaces;as the leg slips, the tendons on the inside of the leg can become permanently stretched, resulting in the leg turning outward. This injury happens very suddenly; the poult will never stand afterward and most likely must be destroyed. In her book Day Range Poultry , Pat Foreman suggests a possible cure for spraddle leg. You need a small box, such as one for tea. On one of the long sides, about two thirds the way down, cut two small holes in which to slip the poult's legs On the opposite side, cut away part of the box so that the poult can poke its head out to eat and drink. Slip the poults legs into the two holes up to its hock joint, gently bend its legs as if it they were in a normal sitting position, and use a piece of medical tape to tape its feet to the box. Add a second piece of tape across its legs closer to the holes, and a third perpendicular to the first two, running between its legs. Keep the poult in this position for 24 hours and many times the poult will heal.

    Im not really sure what size your poult is... it has been a long time since i had baby turkeys, so the size of the box would vary to the size of the poult. If it doesnt work out, you should think of the quality of her life. Im not really sure what to think of the swelling on her face... Sorry about that. [​IMG] If you are wondering where i got all the info from, Check out Storey's Guide to Raising Turkeys by Don Schrider.

    Good Luck and I Wish you Well! [​IMG]

    Turkenstein25
     
  3. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Possibly the swelling could be a bug sting such as a bee or wasp.
     
  4. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    How is she now? [​IMG]
     
  5. tlreilly7

    tlreilly7 Out Of The Brooder

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    Unfortunately, our little turkey is still not doing well. Her face has been swollen for over three weeks. She is about ten weeks now and is about half the size of her friend that hatched the same day. Her leg is also extremely swollen. She still walks around the yard, but she won't walk for long. It is obviously uncomfortable. Thanks for the info on spraddle leg and the resource on turkey's. We are still trying to figure out how to make the brace.we will let you know how that goes.

    Thanks.
     
  6. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    No problem. If you need anything, just ask or PM me!

    Hopefully it will work out... [​IMG]

    Turkenstein25
     

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