Saturday, 27 June 2009


The youngest turkey poult has just died. First thing this morning I found it on it's back struggling to right itself. Apparently 'they do that' I had read about it in several turkey books. Following advice from the books I removed it from the others, warmed it up and fed and watered it. They thing it might be lack of nutrition and regular feeds help it to regain it's strength, but this one died.

Maybe... it wasn't lack of nutrition as it was only a day old and should have been able to survive on the absorbed yolk.

Maybe ... it was weak from the start as it took so long to hatch.

Maybe ... I removed it from the incubator too soon to join the others.

Maybe ... it died of stress from being handled so much this morning.

Maybe ... as many people say turkeys just die.

Maybe ... no probably, I will never know.

I just hope the other four continue to thrive.


Anonymous said...

shame. You can only do your best, and you must remember it is probably a lot better than a mass produced set up would bother with. I imagine their losses are very very high

A Green and Rosie Life said...


How are the others doing?

Rosie x

Sandra said...

The other four are fine so far. So different to chicks.Fun to have but always the uncertainity that they will still be alive next to you check on them.

How are yours doing? they must be growing away now.