When animals refuse their favourite tidbit, you know that they are ill.
When turkeys refuse their favourite tidbit, they are seriously ill.
It's an " all or nothing " thing where these strange birds are concerned
Yesterday I noticed that Bingley looked somewhat " droopy" . I offered him some corn from my hand, but he just slowly turned his head away and the appropriated bowl of wet cat food from the kitchen window sill, which normally would have sent him into a mini frenzy of excitement , seemed to illicit the same response.
It wasn't a good sign.
I checked around , but thankfully couldn't see the telltale yellow poo signs of blackhead infection, ( an infection which is invariable fatal to turkeys) so I dug some baytril antibiotic out and gave him a dose to cover him generally for any other potential infection., and then left him to it.
The rest would be up to Mother Nature.
This morning, he's still not eating and I noticed that he's started to turn his head to the wall.
Turning a head to the wall is a term I give to animals that are giving up.
I have him another dose of antibiotics and syringed some sugar water into him.
He didn't protest and just watched me carefully with his huge black eyes after I had let him go.
A minute later he turned his head back to the wall, and I reluctantly left him to sink or swim as the sun warmed away the "nearly frost" of last night's cold snap on the field.