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post #1 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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URGENT! Compound Fracture to Turkey's Wing!

I went outside to feed Annabell (my turkey) only to discover her wing is broken and bloody.

I looked at it and you can see the bone jutting out of the first joint of her wing. I moved her to another cage without any other birds and washed her off with some water.

WHAT NOW!? *Is panicking*

I don't have a car and my parents aren't home, so I can't take her to the vet for another few hours. (Do vets even treat turkeys?!)

It's not bleeding heavily anymore, but the wing is just hanging there. She's eating and drinking and doesn't appear to be in too much pain.

I don't know how this happened... I checked the cage for loose wires and such, but I just don't know...
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 02:36 PM
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We had pet ducks (rouens) when I was in high school.

One broke its wing when we were moving them from the inside the barn enclosure out onto the pond.

We took her to the vet and they used masking tape and taped her wing to her body. The layer closest to the duck body was sticky out and the layers over that were sticking side in (sticking to itself).
The vet said about the time the tape breaks off the wing will be healed.

It seemed to work.

I know nothing about turkeys. Can you call your parents and ask them if you are allowed to call the vet for advice or to set up an appointment for when your parents get home?
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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I called my dad. He said that he would look at her when he got home and that we probably couldn't take her to the vet. Why? Because to him Annabell is just a turkey apparently. If this happened to a dog or cat he'd be worried but NOOOO, since Annabell's a turkey, she has to suffer... Some days, I just can't stand him!


Always, how exactly did the vet treat your duck's wing? Just tape or tape over gauze? How do I make sure that it isn't too tight?

Also, I need some kind of antibiotic. Cream, or a shot of penicillin?
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Our ducks broken wing did not bleed or show any bone. So the duck was not given anything.

And I do not know how they determined how tight to make it. They took the duck in the back room and put the wing back where it belonged and taped it down.

I would guess it is not something you want to attempt on your own since I am sure it is pretty easy to mess up.

It was just tape. No gauze. The bottom layer was put so the sticky side was out so it did not stick to her feathers. The thing about gauze is it does not rip easily. Masking tape gets brittle and rips easily.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 03:42 PM
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I would put some anti-biotic on the wounds, then wrap the wing up to her body.

I know how you feel, we had a chicken die from Gracie stepping on its leg :( The chicken got out of it's pen, and into Gracies field.
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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I'll probably just mess it up! Either way my poor Annabell is either dead or flightless...

I'm checking to see how much money I have stored up for a vet visit...

For now, I'll just have to take a shot as splinting it... She's starting to flop around and I don't want it bleeding again... At this point, I don't think I can make it worse.
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Is Annabell a domestic breed of turkey? If so I assume her ability to fly was not too extensive anyway.

Hopefully when your father gets home he will see that she needs a vet and allow you to call.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-14-2010, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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She's a Broad Breasted White, so yes, domestic. She's rather heavy and not much of a flier, but could hop onto my shoulders on a good day.

My dad got home and called the vets. No one will treat a turkey...

I splinted her wing with duct tape and put some ornatment on. She hates the splint and keeps trying to nip it off. Then I gave her some corn and she forgot all about it.

She's acting a little better, but I'm still not too hopeful...
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Aww - good luck. I think the best thing you can do is try to keep the wound clean and keep an antibiotic on it the best you can and try to immobilize it like Alwaysbehind said.

One thing we did with our geese (that were NOT friendly - bought them from a farmer when they were adults) when we needed to handle them and NOT get beat by their powerful wings was cut a hole in the bottom of a plastic grocery bag just big enough for their heads to get through, stick their head through and enclose their whole body in the bag - just in case she tries beating you with her wings while you attempt to immobilize her. Or have someone hold her - either way she probably won't be too happy about being handled in the state she's in. Biggest concern would be infection, however, with an open wound. If you use clean the wound and dress it, you might be able to use the "bag trick" to immobilize her wings AND have it do double duty as a "protectant" to the wound... however it could also harbor infection... not sure best course there, but a thought if covering is best?

Have you looked up "exotic animal" vets in your area - they usually treat birds. One of our baby ducks was not in good shape, coughing and vomiting (we had gotten two, as pets), so I took him to a vet (it took several calls and bad leads before I got one that treated exotics) and got him antibiotics (he had pnemonia). Look for someone who treats any birds, and they should be able to treat your turkey.

Funny part: I got the baby duck at TSC for like, $4 and some change. When the doc was deciding what med to give him, he asked "Are you planning to eat him?" Uhhh... NO! Would I really be spending $70 at the vet on a $4 duck I was going to eat when I could just go buy another $4 one and cut my losses? I'm sure it won't be cheap... $70 for one duck exam and antibiotics, but if they just use duct tape and whatnot and you can handle a deformed turkey, they can probably offer you "cheaper" options.
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Be careful with the duct tape. It will not come off on its own well. It has string fibers in it. You will have to remove it very carefully when you are done with it.

The reasoning behind the masking tape is that it is a paper tape that basically disintegrates with age. Duct tape will not do this.
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