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post #11 of 18
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have the fish zole ordered and will be here monday.  I called our large animal vet and she was kind enough to prescribe enough metronidazole 'til the other comes in.   found on another site  to start them out on 500mg the first day, 250mg for 5 days.  This same site to treat the ground with quick lime.

Not free range. enclosed in a  50' X 80' covered lot.  mixed lot on feed,  free choice game bird crumble, fresh veg daily, handful of dried cat food per bird, a scattering of scratch grain, mealworms as treats.  free choice water. 

All I can think of is the neighbor has turkeys that sometimes wonders down to mom and dad's and brought this in.   

post #12 of 18

If it's Blackhead, that can kill turkeys too... Once a bird has it, their droppings can get eaten by earthworms and another bird picks it up by eating the worms.  That is the reasoning behind the lime, it's to discourage the worms.  You might need to step up your worming program and make sure that you are using something that kills cecal worms.  You can add ivermectin to the rotation, too.  Hot pepper (like cayenne) in the water might help, just make sure you don't breath in the dust.  Trust me, that can be really painful.  How is the latest sick pea doing? 

post #13 of 18
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called mom last night, and she said george ate by himself without having to be tubed.  That's an improvement in itself!  We might win this one back.  I just hate they lost the 3 hens before narrowing down the possibilities to blackhead.  The symptoms were all pointing to cocci, and then with more reading found out they are related- all be it distantly.  The biggest "AAh- HHa" moment I had with this was reading about the discoloration in the peafowls face skin.  When dad and I were dosing one hen he pointed out how her face had darkened.  I chalked it up to stress- still thinking it was cocci. 

 

So, thnaks Nate and everybody for your inputs. 

 

One more quick question about the meds.  can this be given as a preventitive?  Or should it only be used when and if this crops up again? 

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called mom last night, and she said george ate by himself without having to be tubed.  That's an improvement in itself!  

That's a HUGE improvement!!!!wee.gif

 

So happy for George!  Keep giving him lots of lovin' and care.  Gonna be a while before he gets his strength back.

 

Save the meds. and hope it doesn't crop up again.  

 

Such good news about your bird!  Hope you can get him some more peafowl friends when this is all over with.

Peacocks.  Mynas.  Mille fleurs.
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post #15 of 18

I am really happy to hear about the improvement, I hope he keeps it up!  I am not on BYC much any more due to my work schedule, but I had to check today to see if there were any updates on your peas.

 

I never use antibiotics as a preventative.  That can actually cause antibiotic resistant strains.  Just keep a close eye for any symptoms to start.  While I have never heard of blackhead causing heads to turn black, I won't say that it isn't possible.  Just be really on top of your worming schedule and use types that will take care of the cecal worms.  Make sure that you do a rotation so that you don't get parasites that are resistant to the ones that you are using. 

post #16 of 18
I just got my peacock a month ago and 2 days ago he started sitting a lot and today fell sideways when trying to walk. Not eating ether but drinking some. Can't see what poop looks like but got some corid tonight. He is 6 months old don't really know what to do, I'm new at this. Don't think he has ever been wormed. What should I do first.
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I just got my peacock a month ago and 2 days ago he started sitting a lot and today fell sideways when trying to walk. Not eating ether but drinking some. Can't see what poop looks like but got some corid tonight. He is 6 months old don't really know what to do, I'm new at this. Don't think he has ever been wormed. What should I do first.

Welcome to BYC! You need to act quickly or there is a very good chance he will die. Can you bring him inside where it's warm?

 

-Kathy

post #18 of 18

@Lyndi , read this:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1048620/how-to-provide-emergency-and-supportive-care-updated-1-3-2016

 

If he isn't drinking enough, which he probably isn't,  you will need to fluids to him, then fluids and food, but he must be nice and warm before you do this. I am available by phone tomorrow. Will send my number in a PM (personal message).

 

-Kathy

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