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Help? Baby Turkey can't stand up

 
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I have Spanish Blacks, about two weeks old.  Today one cannot stand up.  It has been doing fine - this seems sudden.  I put my finger under each foot and it pushed off the finger and streched out the leg but when I put it down it will not stand.
Any ideas as to what could be wrong?
I googled the question but could not come up with an answer.
 
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I am posting this just in case someone else ever has the same problems and is doing a search like I did.

The bird was eating and drinking normally- had a good appetite -  and responded to stimuli (as in being aware) normally.  Just could not or would not stand.  Feces were also normal - I just had to keep moving it out of it's poo so it didn't have to sit in it.

A local farmer who raises heritage turkeys said he had never experienced this.  Since it seemed that there were no solutions I put the bird down this morning.  I suspect there could be a neurological problem or maybe an injury.  Although I can't see how it could have been injured in the current housing - but anything is possible.
 
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If it is only one, it is probably a congenital or developmental problem with just that one bird.  It is not uncommon to have one or two chicks who are simply hatched with weakness.    Make sure your poults are getting plenty of protein in their diet, as apparently turkeys need more protein than chickens while growing up.

albc-usa.org/documents/​turkeymanual/​ALBCturkey-5.pdf
 
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ive seen this in poultry before. but not on a large basis.  i dont know what causes it. sometimes things just happen.  but you did right culling it.  any and all weaknesses should be culled.  you will have a stronger farm because of it.
 
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Although this link deals mostly with chickens, it is one of the most comprehensive poultry health sites available on the internet.  In Mississippi, poultry is the #1 agricultural product, so their "U" has devoted a lot of time studying it.  There are a dozen other Ag schools around the country, where if you search for info on poultry health, they all link to this site!  Go down to "Diseases and Pests of Poultry" and click.  It will open up about 10 links to choose from (some are the same thing, just organized differently, ie symptoms vs body part).  All in all, I think it is the best single source available for poultry health issues.

http://www.poultry.msstate.edu/extension/

Hope that many of you can benefit from this extensive info.
 
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Were the legs splayed, or straight? Splayed legs are common in poults. And they won't survive long.
 
                                  
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Check out what this guy did with chicks who had "spraddle legs".  http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/BRKRaisingChicks.html
 
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HELP!!! My baby turkey who I just got who look like 2 or 3 weeks old all of a sudden won't stand up or open it's eyes... I know it's awake... it's peeping moving just a little bit and iv'e been keeping it under my shirt to keep it warm thinking it's freezing to death, but then I looked at his but and saw a whole bunch of hard poop covering his butthole so I cleaned it all off and it's still not doing anything... and now it's rolling onto it's back and i'm trying my best to keep it alive... i'm only 13 and I just got these turkey's yesterday from my mom's naboure... the other two turkey's are alright... but it's just this one turkey who's not coroperating... please help me ASAP i'm scared i'm gonna loose it     :'(
 
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Alice, I hope the turkey survives. You may need to use an eyedropper to keep the little one hydrated. If it seems cold, you may need to use a heat lamp or a heating pad wrapped in a towel so you don't overheat the turkey.  

Unfortunately they sometimes just make it despite your efforts and that part never gets easier.  It's great that as a young person, you are trying to give it a good start and such care.  Hang in there.
 
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