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turkey chick with weak legs

Postby mn33do » Sun May 13, 2012 10:05 am

hi all.
it is my first atching of turkey eggs, the first chick 2days old now took a long time to come out, he's fine still running around as a bit drunk! the second one only a day later -had to be helped out of the shell after 3 days of chipping away y'day morning,he is not on his legs as a day old.
his feet are curled in a fist - they seem to have a bit stronger grip today-and the legs are bent still retaining the shape they had into the shell- he kicks tho', better than yesterday. he's drinking, i make some chick crunch tea, had a poo and is generally perky. still alive a chirpy this morning after a peaceful night.
few years ago I splayed a peacock chick leg and it worked, but that deviation was lower. this one seems to have some weakness at the tight.

he can't be culled, he HAS THE WILL to live.

many thanks to all. :)
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Re: turkey chick with weak legs

Postby chrismahon » Sun May 13, 2012 12:10 pm

Hi Mn33do and welcome to the forum. It sounds like a vitamin B deficiency in the parent which causes 'club foot'. The feet can sometimes be reset using sticky tape to hold them flat and toes splayed out, a piece underneath and one on top. It can't walk without its toes splayed out anyway. This has to be done quickly before the feet set in position. At the end of the day I'm sure you will do what's best for him and not let your emotions cloud that decision.
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Re: turkey chick with weak legs

Postby mn33do » Sun May 13, 2012 2:33 pm

hi Chrismahon,
thanks for the infos.
the chick is very well in himself, i will try the sticky tape right now.
aha club foot like a little horse!
if he will never walk on his own I will have to take a very sad decision. hoew long before knowing that?

his brother has a little prolapse on his bottom, dry and getting smaller by the day, do you reckon it is cause by the same deficency of vit B in the parents?

many many thanks, mn33do
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Re: turkey chick with weak legs

Postby mn33do » Sun May 13, 2012 2:40 pm

WOW!
HE'S ALREADY TRYING TO STAND UP!!

YAY!!
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Re: turkey chick with weak legs

Postby chrismahon » Sun May 13, 2012 3:15 pm

Might be mn33do, but perhaps still absorbing the yolk and is a bit puffed up. You will have to watch and consider every day. Good news if he is trying to stand, means the rest of the legs are formed correctly.
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Re: turkey chick with weak legs

Postby mn33do » Sun May 13, 2012 4:05 pm

ok, he seems pretty happy and healthy apart that back prob, touch wood.

big foot, has very strong legs, he kicks hard! i probably hane to ge a bit more stiff sticky tape, this - for cut ang grazing- curls a bit with the toes.

THANKS A LOT TO TALK ME THROUGH THIS. XX
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Re: turkey chick with weak legs

Postby chrismahon » Sun May 13, 2012 8:13 pm

Try electricians PVC tape Mn33do. You can put bits of matchstick along the outside toes to keep it all flat. Once he is walking they will soon strengthen. Couple of days is all. Best of luck with them.
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Re: turkey chick with weak legs

Postby mn33do » Sun May 13, 2012 8:57 pm

ok. thanks a million. i will keep you posted. xx
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