Almost a week has gone by and all but one turkey poult is still doing fine – even Ailiss (pron. eye-less). Ailiss is a deformed turkey poult. Its beak doesn’t match up and it is missing one eye. What is amazing is that the little bugger eats and drinks right along with the others and it seems to be growing.

It will be interesting to see how long this chick lives before it becomes too hard to stay alive. It seems to have quite the will to live at this point. I have read many things stating that it is hard to keep turkey poults alive. Apparently their immune system takes a while to kick in. I am putting a bit of apple cider vinegar in the water, and someone told me that Echinacea in the water helps the chicks to handle challenges. So Ailiss might just be my poster child for hanging in there and staying alive no matter what.



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Raising pastured poultry, cattle and goats in the Willamette valley, Oregon.
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