We don’t want our turkeys to get sick, either. So we take precautionary measures to keep our birds healthy. Although we know that antibiotics are necessary at times, we try to avoid using them whenever possible. So, what is the turkey version of wash your hands and cover your cough?
1. Our turkeys are given a probiotic as soon as they hatch. The probiotics help regulate their finicky digestive system.
2. Turkeys are also vaccinated for various common ailments. Just as we vaccinate our children, turkey vaccines help prevent disease outbreaks.
3. We keep germs out of the barns. We limit visitors, wear clean clothing and boots in the barns, and shower before entering the brooder house.
4. We try to minimize any stress on the birds. I tend to get sick following a particularly stressful period and turkeys are no different. A very stable environment, with little temperature fluctuations and 24-hour access to food and water keeps the birds comfortable and less susceptible to illness.
If those measures fail, we are thankful that we have antibiotics to use, but our main focus is always on preventing disease in the first place.
Now, back to the pretty sign I made…you can download a PDF to print by clicking on one of the images below. Enjoy!
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