Problem with young tom

Asked March 24, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

I have a male tom who is 8 months old. He is quite smart and a family pet. Three weeks ago, my boyfriend noticed him on his back out in his pen. I tried to right him on his feet. I brought him into my garage where it's warmer, and he has a place to eat and stay warm while I treat him. He looks like he might have blackhead. I am treating him by putting an antibiotic for poultry and turkeys in his water. He is eating and drinking fine but seems unable to get up on his feet. He has no sores or lesions. His feet are warm, so it's not frostbite. Any clue as to what is going on? I have been feeding him layer crumbles (although he is not kept with the chickens because of the problems chicken can spread). Is there a chance I am missing something here? Do turkeys recover from blackhead? I don't know what else he could have because he is alert and friendly. He is losing weight, but his stool doesn't look any different from his normal stool. I would hate to have to put him down.

Macomb County Michigan

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