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Turkey - Broken Foot

 
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This is my first year raising turkeys. We have two, a tom and a hen, who are just over 8 weeks old. They are currently living in our chicken tractor (chicken paddy wagon). It's just the two of them now, as we just processed our first batch of meat chickens.

Anyway, I was moving the chicken tractor, and the tom got his foot stuck under one of the runners and I couldn't see any damage but he wouldn't put any weight on it. This was about a week ago. Now he'll put a little weight on it, but it's seems to be healing slowly.

He's moving around and preening, eating, drinking and pooping. He's even back to a little gobble here and there.

HOWEVER, there is part of me that's wondering if I should cull him. I really don't think he's in pain, but I wanted to put my feelers out for a reality check. When you do decide to put your animals down due to injury? What tell tale signs due you assess as to an animal's suffering?

Thank you for any help in advance.
 
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So did you do anything to try to fix his foot? Kind of like people your Tom would probably have benefited from a good splinting. I just fixed a peachick doing that.

I'm sure a broken foot takes some time to recover from and so long as quality of life is decent I see no reason to kill him. Now if he were flopping about being pecked by the flock and you couldn't put him in confinement or do anything to help him get better, put him down. I always try to fix mine before I nix mine.
 
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So the tom has made almost a full recovery. I just wanted to finish this story off. I always like to know how these stories resolve.

Thanks!
 
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