Eye problem, free range peacock - Page 3
The vet was closed today but I'm calling first thing in the morning to get the vet I spoke to out for a house call.
Meanwhile I was able to catch him fairly easily as he is very weak from not eating, and it is just lucky that we restored the chicken coop to working order only a week ago, so I put him in there with water so that he's ready for when the vet gets here. The chicken coop is predator proof so he is now safe.
Oh no! Well it is good news that you were able to make him safe and that you have the vet coming to see him.
Hope all goes well...
Good luck! Sending healing vibes!
My 8 year old son did a great job of helping me hold him while I distributed the powder as best I could. Seeing the vet handle him earlier had given me the confidence to do it myself and I was happy with how that went. The peacock was remarkably calm, I was so proud of him for keeping still (did occasionally struggle but didn't seem too stressed).
Then, I drew up his medicated water into a plastic syringe and actually squirted the water directly into his mouth (had to be a bit firm with him as he wasn't so thrilled with that). In the end I got about 40ml into him (1.35oz??).
We went away for a while and came back to check on him, and I decided to give him more water and put more powder on. While we were right down with him and was patting him, he started eating the grain mix!!
Then by the time I left he was eating the layer pellets out of the feeder! I am so thrilled! This morning he was listless and not eating or drinking. He was eating the pellets with a lot of enthusiasm this evening, so I feel very hopeful and positive that maybe the antibiotics are starting to work! YAYYY!
This sounds like very good news!
But, just a note: you need to be very careful about putting liquid into their mouth as they can aspirate liquid (into their lungs).
If you want to give the antibiotic to him orally, it would be a good idea to make sure it is going where it should:
Never in the opening in the center at the back of his tongue:
Be sure it goes only down the side of his tongue as shown here:
These images are courtesy of Hopkins Peafowl.
For more detailed information please see Craig Hopkins' article on oral dosing: http://www.hopkinslivestock.com/oral_dosing_article.htm
Edited by new 2 pfowl - 1/11/16 at 2:31am
Thanks for the tip (and photos)! I am hoping that once he gets his strength up he will drink by himself. I was just worried today that he wasn't even trying so I felt compelled to help until such time as he can drink himself. The way he was eating the pellets was such a relief and extremely encouraging. The vet recommended I keep him in the chicken coop for at least a week, which I planned on doing anyway. I won't let him out until I'm confident he has the strength to fly up off the ground to roost. Here's a photo of his temporary bachelor pad:
Good to hear he's recovering. May he be alright again and soon!
Can i ask which antibiotic your vet prescribed?