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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:03 pm 
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I have a buff hen who appears to be unwell. She had disappeared again so assumed she was off nesting on my neighbours property but she came back last night and was hiding in my garden.

Not approachable at all and not interested in food, and was hunched over. Went out later and she was asleep on the ground, not like her at all, she normally roosts on the fence with the others. Physically she looks fine, hasn't been attacked.

I do worm my birds, but it is with a syrup in water and I have multiple water bowls for them so I cant guarantee that she has received sufficient worming if it is this. I do have poultry and ducks and they all free range, they are not in one pen together.


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 Post subject: Re: Sick Turkey
PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:46 pm 
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Could be blackhead by those symptoms.Am not sure what they are giving now since Emetryl was banned.

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 Post subject: Re: Sick Turkey
PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:40 pm 
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What colour is her poo? If it is sulphur-yellow then it is very likely blackhead. It is almost impossible to save them once they start sitting/hunched/producing yellow poo. I have had several with this, and only one survived. I put cayenne pepper in the food and water, I'm not sure if this helped, but I felt better knowing I had tried something. There are not any medications available as far as I know, but I may be corrected.

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 Post subject: Re: Sick Turkey
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:42 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Sick Turkey
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:30 am 
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I didn't know the answers to these either.

Blackhead was certainly high on the list o possibles. Both Emtryl and Metronidazole are schedule four drugs and that does require a veterinary prescription. Currently the law as it is written does require the veterinary physician to exam the animal before prescribing substances. Depending on your relationship with the vet is may be wise to capture and take the turkey with you to the vets.

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 Post subject: Re: Sick Turkey
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:34 am 
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I understand that emtryl may not be used in a species used in the human food chain. It may therefore not be used in turkeys but is ok for peafowl for example.


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 Post subject: Re: Sick Turkey
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:38 am 
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Flagyl is the trade name for Metronidazole


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