Turkey's feet are very swollen

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Lenadr, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Lenadr

    Lenadr Just Hatched

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    I have three bronze breasted turkeys and I noticed this on one of the girls last week. I checked for bumblefoot and that's not it. Now the tom's feet are starting to swell. They're on Layena Game Bird Feed and free range on an acre; they also live with 8 chicken hens, although the turkeys prefer to sleep outside and not in the coop.

    What could this be?? If I leave it alone, what do you think will happen?

    These three were supposed to be thanksgiving birds, but if the leg thing is serious then they won't last that long.
    The girl whose feet are swollen walks a little slower than the other two and sometimes will just sit down, although it's only for a minute or so before she's back up again. I'm not sure if it's hurting her or not. I don't want her to be in pain.


    Thanks for the help!

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    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Try switching to Gamebird Maintenance (lower protein/calcium). Pick up some poultry electrolyte powder & vitamins at tractor supply/feedstore. Also, they aren't getting `softened' water are they?

    These poor guys are prone to leg/feet problems, anyway. I'd guess they might be developing gout. Make sure they have plenty of water available.
     
  3. Lenadr

    Lenadr Just Hatched

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    Thanks Ivan! I'll switch their food and give them some vitamins. The water here isn't softened, but it has a lot of lime.
    They also have a baby pool that they like to stand in. I clean it every other day, but they still poop in it all the time. Could that be an issue?
     
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  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Use smaller `pools' and change out more often (we leave `hog bowls' in shaded areas). We had a Slate tom that would fly out of run, just after sundown, to get to the `bowl' of water I'd changed out, for their bit of free range time, about an hour before. He'd hunker down and SLEEP in bowl with torso immersed in water. If anything, standing in the cool water probably feels good on those hot, swollen feet. Hen, `cooling her heels' in presence of suitors [​IMG]
     

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