Turkey's dying

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by kangababy, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. kangababy

    kangababy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We currently have blue Slate Turkeys that seem to be dying for no reason at all..WE haev 1 tom and 2 hens in a pen along with this years hatch of maybe 30 now if that. We can sit in the pen and see nothing wrong with the birds but the next day go up to the barn and 2 or 3 be dead. We have looked them over and nothing seems to be wrong with them. Does anyone know what could be happening to them?
    I am thinking that the tom is killing them but we are not sure. They will sometimes go 2-3 days and none will die too.

    Thanks
     
  2. OmaBird

    OmaBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be the food?
     
  3. jrsqlc

    jrsqlc Obsessed with Peafowl

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    had the same thing happen.
    I believe it was turkey diease, blackhead maybe.

    Are they eating and drinking water? do the look pale in the face?
     
  4. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you finding them dead in the morning? If there's really no sign of illness, it's possible that the hens are not taking care of the poults and they're getting chilled. Turkey poults are more susceptible to cold than other types of poultry.
     
  5. dorthal

    dorthal Out Of The Brooder

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    I wish I could answer that for you. I had the same problem earlier this year. Mine were different sizes and ages and I just lost them one at a time. I think turkeys must be hard to raise. I know some people will say that is not true.
     
  6. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    Okay

    Size of pen please - over crowding can cause huddling up at night and stomping of the poults.

    How many have died?

    How cold is it?

    What are the ages of the poults. They may need heat!

    Are the babies in with the adults?

    What are you feeding the young ones? The same as the adults? That can be a problem.
    If you feel that tom is attacking the young, please move the poults.

    Can you post pictures?

    Also you might want to put the posting over in emergencies as well.

    I'm going to check back here and see if I can help with more information.
     
  7. kangababy

    kangababy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The poults are almost two months old and then pen is 20x20 and we have 3 grown hen and 1 tom and maybe 30 8week olds if that. They have a roof over their head and get plenty of water and food. They have no kinds of markings on them and it has just now got to where the nights are in the 70s. They all roost on the rafters we have for them.
    We have removed the tom
    to see what happenbut 5 died today and our breeding stock for next year is quickly falling!
     
  8. kangababy

    kangababy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also we are finding them dead scattered in the cage and not all in one place. They are getting a mix of wheat and laying pallets.
     
  9. Aj1911

    Aj1911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:young turkeys need 28% game bird feed at minimum

    this could be the problem.
     
  10. Surehatch

    Surehatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I was thinking the same
     

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