Does anyone know what might be wrong with my turkey

kudzu2October 25, 2009

I have just recently acquired 4 turkeys for our small farm. They are for pets only, but one seems to have a cold. It has a white matter in it's eyes that it keeps shaking it's head to sling off, but it just comes back later. It sounds like it has a stuffy nose. Then another one doesn't seem sick, but will walk around then sit down with it's feathers kind of ruffled and droops it's wings. But then later is up walking around and eating. Have no idea what could be wrong with them or what I should give them. Know nothing about turkeys. Could someone maybe help with my dilemma? Thanks

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velvet_sparrow(Zone 5b, Gardnerville, NV)

Is the eye discharge foamy?

Could be Infectious Coryza. I don't know offhand if that particular disease affects turkeys, but I'd suggest researching on the web respiratory diseases in turkeys and see what you can dig up. Different drugs treat different diseases, so be sure to get the correct drug and follow label instructions for dosing turkeys. If you suspect a contagious disease, I'd treat them all. Whether it's an illness or adjusting to a new home & people, it's stressful so give them unflavored Pedialyte to drink (at the grocery store in the baby aisle) to boost their electrolytes. Keeping them warm and quiet and out of drafts can also help them to get better. Extra goodies such as live mealworms or crickets will give them an extra protein boost and they LOVE them. Fresh greens and such are also good--anything that keeps them eating, occupied and happy--and for birds such as chickens and turkeys, eating = happy. :)

Velvet ~:>

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