@ChickenCanoe and @sourland , guess I should have worded that post better (poor attempt of a little humor). Of course I don't *like* having to medicate, I'd rather never have to, but keeping peafowl and turkeys with chickens and earthworms can be quite difficult. Even though they are in their own aviaries, I still have to deal with many cases of blackhead each year, and with blackhead comes E. coli. Other than the peafowl, turkeys and occasionally ducklings with bloody navels, I hardly ever treat anything else.
If I hatch out 40 peafowl and stick them on the dirt, those 40 peafowl will eventually need to be treated for blackhead (histomoniasis) and probably E.coli. So what I do is keep peafowl off the ground until they are sold.
I get it. Thanks.
I'm glad I only have one species of bird and down to 2 breeds.
I haven't had to deal with blackhead. I've only wormed 3 birds to my recollection in 60 years. Bless cold winters.
Blackhead is a bad one to have, but it can be treated if caught soon enough. Sadly, many peafowl and turkey people think it won't happen to them, so they don't bother getting the meds needed to treat it.
Most of the chickens and ducks here have never been wormed, but if one does look a little iffy, I will worm it.