What is causing my toms to look like that?!?!

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Farmerboy16, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Farmerboy16

    Farmerboy16 Rebuilding my Farm

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    These are my first turkeys, and I got them as day olds last year. It started in late winter, I at first thought that they were looking out of the window too much, and rubbing on the windowsill. but their tails looks like it went through a wood chipper. [​IMG] Is it from fighting? I free range them. I can't wait until when they moult! [​IMG] Thanks for any help on this.

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  2. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mites?
     
  3. Farmerboy16

    Farmerboy16 Rebuilding my Farm

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    Quote:They do not have mites, but lice. I am going to treat them for that tomorrow.
     
  4. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    mites or poultry lice - they pretty much do the same thing and that damage looks to be definately caused by one of the two.
     
  5. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They do not have mites, but lice. I am going to treat them for that tomorrow.

    If they had mites you wouldn't be able to see them.
     
  6. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    They are molting [​IMG]
     
  7. Farmerboy16

    Farmerboy16 Rebuilding my Farm

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    Quote:You are joking right? [​IMG] Its not even fall yet.
     
  8. AdrieeC

    AdrieeC Pink Roses Farm

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    My Chickens molted in summer last year, so I suppose it could also happen early in turkeys. Are these burbon red? I love them. I would love to have a couple but they are hard to find in my area,and I don't know what I would do with 15 that I would have to buy from a hatchery.
     
  9. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Treating them for the lice should help a lot.


    But, do you have mice? I have a few chicken coops (ok 7 coops) and one coop has a mouse problem - the problem is the mice snip feathers off of my sleeping birds to line their nests! Took me a bit to figure it out - did not understand until I moved the coop and found the nest of snipped chicken feathers and baby mice. [​IMG] The mice snipped from chest/saddle/tail feathers.
     
  10. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    no not joking i have all kinds of birds that are different ages and molt at different times of the year.

    How old are they a year? if so have they ever molted before?
     

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