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Experience:  35 years in general practice, including avian.
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We had 15 bourbon red turkeys we now have 9 they made it to

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we had 15 bourbon red turkeys we now have 9 they made it to week 7 fine but are now dying 1 or 2 every other day, they have a funny wheezing sound and yellow mucuosy runny stool, we got some sulmet and have been giving them that but it doesn't seem to be helping
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob. I'm sorry to read of the losses you've experienced in your little flock. Judging from the symtoms you've described, I'm fairly sure a respiratory virus has attacked your birds. Secondary complications from bacteria are also most likely present. There are a number of different respiratory viruses, but the signs being shown are compatible withinfectious bronchitis virus (IFV). There is no practical direct treatment for viral diseases in domestic fowl, but the Sulmet you're already using may be helpful against a bacterial component. Besides antibiotic treatment with the Sulmet, keep them and well fed - warm highly nutritious foods like pancakes, oatmeal, cornbread and scrambled eggs are usually welcome, and avoid crowded quarters. These days, many bacteria have developed some degree of resistance to antibiotics, so if they are not improving in 2 or 3 days after starting an antibiotic, switching antibiotics is a good idea. My first choice would be Tylan (tylocin) injectable.
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Read an online article or two about IFV and some of the other poultry diseases that can look similar like infectious laryngotracheitis, Newcastle, and chronic respiratory disease. These are primarily chicken diseases, but they may possibly attack turkeys as well. Viruses have this nasty habit of mutating and have been known to jump from chickens to turkeys, so not much can be ruled out. The symptoms can look very similar in all of these, and a final diagnosis is often not possible without a post-mortem examination of the organs. In any case, supportive care with an effective antibiotic is your best approach to saving as many of your turkeys as possible. If you should have any further questions, please let me know. Kind regards, *****