wondering what happened to our turkey?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by erinszoo, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    We bought two turkey poults this year for the first time along with chickens, ducks, and geese. One of the ducks died within 24 hours which we just wrote off as normal loss. From the start we have kept the turkeys apart from everyone else. For the first three weeks everyone did fine and gained weight but then one of our turkeys became really lethargic and wouldn't eat. It was dead the next morning. The other turkey has continued to grow and put on weight and is doing quite well at 7 weeks. I read that there is a virus which strikes some turkeys at about 3 weeks of age and causes them to quit gaining weight so we thought that might be what happened but with no experience with turkeys we aren't sure. Other possibilities we looked at were that the bigger turkey wouldn't let the other one eat.

    The bird's poop never looked off and we didn't see any other problems with it.

    Any ideas what it might have been? We'd like to get more next year but I'm afraid to if they are going to die mysteriously. I'd like to have more information before we try again. Thanks!
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    What variety of turkey? The list of what might do them in early on is pretty long. If the one wasn't allowing the other to eat I'd probably guess it was stressed and weakened (could have killed it or made it vulnerable to some disease). In general, the heritage variety poults seem to exhibit fewer problems than the commercial varieties.

    Good luck!

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