In building your turkey business, you should be aware of the common illnesses that your turkey can acquire. Turkey diseases range from simple to complex conditions that need urgent assistance. It depends on how your animals behave, what they eat, situation of their coop and surroundings in general.
One of the common diseases of birds especially for turkeys is diarrhea. It can be acquired through drinking infectious water and pecking on feces that they eliminated or extracted from other animals. You have to know the right antibiotics that should be given to them. Prescribed antibiotics can be blended with their feeds or drinking water. Medications should be done as soon as possible because turkeys will likely die because of dehydration. It is also suggested that water, which is loaded with acidophilus, can also solve problem. Acidophilus also contains Lactobacilli. It is the good bacteria that help in the proper functioning of stomach not only for humans but also for animals. Acidophilus is also believed to be the natural inhibitor of certain digestive malfunctions and other turkey diseases. It is also a good alternative if you are raising organic turkeys since organic turkeys should not take any medicines, processed foods, etc.
Botulism or Limberneck is also usual in turkeys. It is the acute paralysis of certain parts of turkey’s body. If you notice that your turkeys are losing feathers, experiencing sleeplessness and frequent diarrhea, you can suspect that they are suffering from Botulism. Ask your veterinarian and professional turkey growers for possible urgent solution for this sickness. They may recommend some antibiotics like Bacitracin, Streptomycin, and some vitamins and minerals. In order to prevent the transmission of sickness, if some are already infected, it is better to segregate the dead turkeys immediately after to prevent other turkeys from coming close to them and be contaminated. Make sure that their coop is always clean by providing good ventilation. Keep it clean from any litter and as much as possible, and lessen the population of flies in the area. Remember that botulism and other known turkey diseases can be transmitted through cannibalism, eating of insects and litters.
There are other serious sicknesses that your turkeys can acquire. Learn these through attending seminars conducted by your local municipality. Medications are usually offered at lower prices compared to other poultry feeds shop. Obtaining books about turkey diseases are also another good option to have the best alternatives and solutions that come very handy.