Why is my tom spinning?

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

  1. valewife

    valewife Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2009
    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.
  2. jasonm11

    jasonm11 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    tioga tx
    maybe an ear infection thowing off his equilibreum?
  3. valewife

    valewife Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2009
    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

    Jan 27, 2007
    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

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Quote:I thought the same thing when I read the post.
  6. rbrink21

    rbrink21 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 9, 2008
    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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