** UPDATED with Photo** Please help! Is my turkey's wound healing well??!!


6 Years
Apr 16, 2013

* The white color is from the silver salve (not pus). Purple dissolvable sutures were left in place with the hopes of securing a wet to dry dressing after initial wound care. It was not a success, the tom did not tolerate the dressings well. Fine hairs are regrowing but did not show up in the photo.

Dear BYC friends,
My Bourbon Red turkey tom was attacked by the neighbors dog 2 weeks ago. His injuries were extensive. I took him to the vet and he had several sutures under both wings and a large open wound (approx 5 inches in diameter) on his back side. The large wound on his back was deep and exposed a large amount of fat and raw muscle. He suffered several puncture wounds and nearly all of his feathers on his back are missing. The vet cleaned his wounds and sutured him (under anesthesia) and ordered him a high dose of antibiotics (1000mg amoxicillan every 12 hrs for one week), daily wound care with cholrihexadine, and silver sulfadiazine cream to be applied 2-3 times per day for one week. After one week I saw tremendous improvement. We were keeping him in our basement so that our turkey hen and chickens wouldn't peck him. After a week in a half I brought the turkey hen in for a visit. I left her in the inside pen with him for 24 hours and she did not peck him or act aggressive towards him at all. ( We have been hoping for poults because the hen is broody but have had no luck with them doing the "deed") I saw the turkey hen getting sweet on our rooster so I decided I better bring her in to visit the tom. Anyway, since it is spring breeding season my husband and I decided to let the tom rejoin the chickens and the hens. So far, no pecking is taking place, but I am rather concerned about his wound appearance. We are cleaning his wound daily with chlorihexidine, patting it dry and applying the silver sulfadiazine without a dressing cover. Over the past few days I have noticed the wound turning tan to tannish green, to green.There is NO odor, but it looks terrible. I am not sure if this is a normal finding for such a large wound that will need a large amount of granulation healing. If anyone has any experience with how this wound should look 2 weeks into the healing process please let me know. I hope I do not have to mechanically debride the wound. Also, I am concerned about flies since the weather is really warming up. Will the silver sufalidazine be enough of a deterrent for flies? Do you think applying blue kote at this point would be to early?? Should I bring him back into solitary confinement?? I will try to attach a photo asap. Thank you so much!

PS- I am happy to announce that we did finally (for the first time in 2 years) witness Rick (the tom) and Rosa (the hen) procreating! He is feeling better ;)
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Hi &
. I'm sorry your Tom got hurt. Why don't you call your vet and give him a update? I hope your Tom continues to feel better and heals well!
I could call the vet but the problem is that the vet is inexperienced with poultry. I'm not sure that wound healing is the same in birds as other animals. I have searched online for wound healing photos but came up empty handed. Avian vets are practically non-existent and I need some advice from others who have experienced wound care in poultry, especially turkey's. If his wound does not start to look better within the next few days or if he starts acting sluggish I will give the vet a call.
sounds like he is doing just fine. look for any oozing or odors, sometimes they get a greenish cast over fatty areas. im not sure what causes this but ive seen chickens heal just fine. if this was a hen I wouldn't recommend letting the tom top her, but if he's willing and doing the job then he is fine.

I had a turkey hen that slipped away to nest. One a.m. I found her by following a trail of feathers. She was alive but had several deep scratches on her back. I cleaned them and applied antibiotic ointment for a few days till a nice scab formed. Then I left alone to dry and heal. She too had a greenish cast around the wounds. I think it is where blood oozed out under skin and much like a bruise on people it turns color. The bluecote spray is wonderful stuff to ward off the flies. Good luck with your tom.
I have nursed very similar injuries in my chickens. We have no vet so I had to do it old school way. The wound on the back sounds about right. Keep it free of dirt and bugs mostly flies. They will lay eggs in an open wound like that. It will take about 4-6 weeks and you should start to see new feather growth. One
of my hens took a horrible beating from a neighbor's dog including lost an eye. But against all odds she is doing well. And adjusting to her limits. We now call her Lucky
Thank you all so much for you input! I was happy to see the starts of new feather growth on his wound. I will keep a watchful eye on the discoloration. I am so glad to hear that these weird color changes may be part of his normal healing process. If anyone thinks or suspects and infection from the looks of the photo please let me know. Also, I sprayed blue kote on the incisions under his wings and in the puncture wounds to help deter flies. I know his rump wound is a fly buffet but I'm not sure its ready for blue kote quite yet..unless of course someone with wound care experience thinks so! Please let me know if you have any other ideas to keep the spring maggots from moving in. Thanks again :)
im not saying ive done right. but ive sprayed blue cote on chicken butts several times with no known problems. turkeys are a bit different but I don't think it will hurt him.

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