What's wrong with my new babies? :( pic included

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by Sukiyaki, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Sukiyaki

    Sukiyaki In the Brooder

    Oct 19, 2008
    Houston Area, Texas
    They looked a little dirty when we bought them but looked fine enough to survive the hour long home trip in a warm padded box. As soon as we got them home and into their new living area, we noticed they were completely still and lethargic--they haven't moved in twenty minutes!

    They look like they might be sick, but I think they were fine earlier.

    please excuse the horrible cellphone picture...


    Thank you
  2. loverOFchickens

    loverOFchickens Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    Dip beaks in sugar water.

    What kind of bedding is that??
  3. Sukiyaki

    Sukiyaki In the Brooder

    Oct 19, 2008
    Houston Area, Texas
    The bottom layer of bedding is corn cob and the upper layer is made from recycled newspapers
  4. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Oak Hill, Florida
    Warm lights and sugar water, and make sure they are drinking it consistantly. Also remember, turkeys need to be under lights alot longer than chickies. Hope everything works out for you!! [​IMG]
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Baby turkeys have to be taught a lot more on how to eat and drink. So that could be the problem, that they don't 'know' how? Do you have any younger chicken chicks that you could put with them? I have one baby naragansett turkey that has been living with 7 bantam cochins and 1 OEGB chick, it has done very well. [​IMG]
  6. card5640

    card5640 Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Bangor area, Maine
    I would feed them some cooked egg and very well cooked oatmeal.
    They need heat. Where did you get the recycled paper?
  7. Sukiyaki

    Sukiyaki In the Brooder

    Oct 19, 2008
    Houston Area, Texas
    They're under a 100 watt bulb and won't eat at all. They just sort of...stare and lay down. Even when I stand them up on their feet they slowly lay down again. They've been like this for a while now. Could they be in shock?

    Oh the bedding was a petsafe recycled newspaper bedding that'd I'd been using for chicks. I think I bought it at walmart.

    I'm really getting worried now, I think that some of them are drinking when I try to dip their beaks in, though. And when I knocked the cage by accident they even got half-frightened.
  8. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Songster

    Jan 22, 2009
    you may need a warmer light - is the top of the brooder covered? turks need to be slightly warmer than chicks.... check the temp. they may have gotten chilled on the way home. try the sugar water - you'll need to dip their beaks in it.. try also a little yogurt mixed in their feed.. but sounds like you'll have to get them drinking first.

    dont over handle them - keep them under the lamps and warm.

    we had a few that had a long car ride and didnt look good at all.. warmth, sugar water and yogurt had them up and pipping around the next day

    good luck!
  9. chseeads

    chseeads Songster

    May 28, 2009
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Where'd you get them from?
  10. Harp Turkey Ranch

    Harp Turkey Ranch Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    McCleary, WA
    They look as if they are cold. Are they peeping at all ?? Is that a 100 watt regular bulb ?? you really need a heat lamp. heat and lots of it 95-100 deg for the first week and then drop by 5 deg every week after that.

    I would also mix up some molasses water and give that to them.

    1tablespoon of molasses and 1tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of warm water and put in their waterer and dip each of their beaks in to at least two times and again in an hourf just to make 100% sure they are drinking .

    let them drink for and hour or so before giving them any feed to make sure they are hydrated. the water mix has enough stuff in it they will not strave out for the first day.

    Good Luck

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