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Frostbite on Turkey Feet

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Thought you guys might like to see this. I shot this bird this morning in 8N (Ontario County).  His feet are in pretty rough shape.  Looks like frostbite. 
Kind of gives you an idea of what it was like for some critters out in the woods this winter.  He is a 3 year old. 

 

 

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yuck indeed


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I am pretty sure it is frostbite.

Here are a couple more close-up.  Look at his left foot.  It is split almost all the way to the tendon. 

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You should post them on www.oldgobbler.com or maybe NWTF's website and get an expert to say for sure. Might just be an infection/injury?


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Wow, never seen anything like that before...amazing how they can survive out in the weather.

Congrats on the bird!

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Maybe an archery hunter tried to cut his toe nails and it got infected.

I just came up with that scenario after this mornings hunt. :resent:

 

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Could it be that something crushed his feet? Could explain why only the longer middle toes are disfigured? Run over?

 

Maybe the bird was perched on something metal and when to hop off and caught the longer middle toes on it?

 

Only explanation i can think of. I cant really see that being frostbite because the feet are mostly skin, cartlige and bone down there. Not a whole lot of soft dermis to freeze and die.

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Yeah, I doubt it's frostbite if it only effected one digit.


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I know this is a few weeks old but if you still have those feet lying around you might want to let F&G see them. Something they may have an answer for or something they may want to test.

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