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What can I do about my tom, he isn't walking very good!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Moochie, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He got bit by a neighbor's dog 2 or 3 weeks ago, that dog came on my property by the way... Anyways poor tom of mine hasn't been himself lately. Family and I built a good sized covered run and coop for him, his hen, and some chickens. He's on the ground almost all the time, if he needs to move he flaps his wings like crazy [for balance I guess] and just stumbles to his destination. He can sort of stand up a little, like raises himself up, but I've noticed his toes are curled when he does this. His toes don't curl when he stumbles around though.
    So I've been feeling his legs, thighs, and his body for any wounds. I can't find any. I've been applying pressure to various areas to see if I can find his boo-boo and he doesn't do anything. I always carry him into his coop into a turkey sized nest box every night so he doesn't get chilly. This morning his waddle on his neck was small and red. He's eating and drinking fine though, poop is normal.
    Is he just taking a long time to heal from this dog bite? I can't even find the bite! What's going on? He's been like this for 2 weeks.

    Edited to say that I've noticed that when he's on the ground he doesn't sit on his right side - as in he's leaned over to his left, he doesn't want to apply pressure to his right leg or side. So I guess it's his right leg or thigh? I checked everywhere for wounds but couldn't find a dang thing. Could it be a fracture somewhere? I'm applying pressure everywhere but he doesn't even jerk. He doesn't like it too much when I lift his wing up though.
     
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  2. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really don't know what to tell you Moochie... I wish I did! Maybe give him some aspirin to help with any inflammation?
     
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I agree.

    Wherever the bite is, it could be infected which will make him not feel well but you don't know where it is. :/
     
  4. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm. It was a small dog too, little terrier thing. What kind of aspirin do I give him?
     
  5. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What breed is he and how old is he? About how much do you think he weights? Poor baby !
     
  6. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He is an Eastern wild, 7 months old, and all I know is that he feels a lot heavier than my 13 pound puppy.
     
  7. Celie

    Celie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It might be a broken bone or internal injuries, I don't know. Wish I could help, but don't have a clue! Do you think he has a fever? Fever can mean an infection or a virus. No punctures on his body, you said, hmmm, I got nothing, Sorry!!![​IMG]
     

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