Why is my tom spinning?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by valewife, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. valewife

    valewife Out Of The Brooder

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    My standard bronze tom, about a yr and a half old, will occasionally
    spin in a circle and then run around, bumping into things for a minute or so.
    Then he's fine. It's almost like a seizure-type activity.
    Has anyone experienced this ?
    Other than this, he is healthy, fat and sassy.
    Thanks.
     
  2. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe an ear infection thowing off his equilibreum?
     
  3. valewife

    valewife Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess an ear infection could be a possible cause; however I would think an infection
    would worsen.
    I've seen him do this weird behavior only a handful of times over the
    last year. It seems to happen when he gets agitated at me or if I separate him from his hens.
    I wish I could describe it better.
    He leans to one side and spins in a tight circle for a few seconds, staggers a few steps,
    then begins running off-balance as if a bee is after him and will run
    right into things, fences, etc. The whole thing lasts 30-45 secs. ? Then he quiets down and
    is back to his normal tom behavior.
    Once I grabbed him in the middle of the 'spinning cycle' and he stopped but was staggering for
    several seconds, acted disoriented. It really has the symptoms of a neurological problem.
    Yesterday I witnessed two of these episodes and I was not at all close to him,
    so it's not just my presence that sets him off. (He's aggressive and I have to keep
    reminding him who's the boss.)
    Any other ideas ??
    Anyone ????
    He's healthy otherwise, well-fed, free-ranges during the day.
     
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Could be genetic/developmental/sequelae from any illness, disorder or injury that caused mild encephalopathy/neuritis/seizure. Has been observed occurring, occasionally, over the course of a year, seems to be related (triggered?), in part, to stress.

    Most of the diseases, etc. that include `spinning'/torticollis/staggering... as primary/secondary symptoms more often leave the turk dead, not `fat&sassy.'

    I'd keep him far enough away from any oil cooker, come Thanksgiving, that he won't fall in. Otherwise, just observe for any increase in frequency/severity of these episodes.

    Good luck!
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:I thought the same thing when I read the post.
     
  6. rbrink21

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    I have a Blue Slate that we caught doing this with a paper towel in it's beak. Once it realized it was caught on camera it stopped and acted like nothing was going on. I'm pretty sure it was playing.
     

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