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What do you do with a BB turkey once it's limping?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by callieisspooky, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. callieisspooky

    callieisspooky Songster

    Jul 18, 2012
    Carmel Valley, CA
    I volunteer at an animal shelter which just took in a big BBBronze tom. He's limping pretty badly, and I know their legs sometimes give out when they get to be a certain size. Is there anything to be done?

  2. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Songster

    Oct 18, 2014
    wow, awesome animal shelter to take a turkey in! I'm not sure, just had to say that [​IMG]
    Hope he will be ok!! [​IMG]
  3. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Crush 81mg Aspirin, daub up powder with split open grapes and let the turk scarf it down (2.5mg per lb. is the standard dose - however, our 8 lb. roo was getting 10mg per lb. TID to good effect - kept him moving for an additional three years).

    Soft, dry bedding (when legs start to go, BB's spend lots of time hunkered down and will often develop breast blisters that become infected in less than "clean" environments). Weigh feed before offering to turk, then weigh how much remains at end of day. Cut the feed amount down to one half of the wt. missing from feeder.

    This is all pretty much "finger in a dike"/hail mary palliative treatment. Good luck on the life extension program.

    Been there, done that :(
  4. ive had a similar problem.
  5. retlaw

    retlaw Songster

    Feb 2, 2013
    eat him

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