It could easily happen for those that are not familiar with birds.
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I and my g-daughter were lucky enough to purchase a bird from Craig and Lisa Hopkins. Seeing his peacock farm was worth every mile we drove. He gave us a tour which was as great as going to any zoo (did that today). He has a wealth of information from raising peafowl since he was a child. I know I seen the article before and when Pokey was sick I knew not to let the electrolytes go down his wind pipe. Craig and Lisa are very special people to take the time to put together a web-site like they have to mentor us. That takes a lot of time. I sure thank them. He is also an officer of the United Peafowl Association. I joined and got my first edition to Peafowl Today last week. There was a really informative article about feed in there. I can't remember what I paid for the membership like 50+ dollars for 2 years, and that one article in my opinion could save us lots of money in the future.
Thank you! That's a great article about medicating a peafowl. I haven't dosed any kind of bird this way in many, many years, so this has been a great help. He's been difficult to dose as he has a lot of phlegm in the back of his throat, but he's swallowing well which has helped a lot. I just hope the antibiotics help. If it's viral we'll be back at the vet for other treatments on Monday. I got 2 kinds of lice treatment: a powder to dose him and a spray to do the cage to prevent them spreading to our chickens that are fairly nearby. This morning he was still looking pretty miserable and making no effort to eat or drink on his own.
Would it be a good idea to get some yoghurt into his diet once he's finished with the antibiotics? I figure replenishing good microbial flora has to be a good for him as it is for us.
A quick update this morning. We are seeing some improvement. He has a lot less phlegm in his throat today and I can actually dose him properly rather than just relying on his swallow reflex and losing some. His wings are less 'droopy' though still not quite back to their normal position. Still seems he isn't eating, but he is perking up a little. Thanks!
Sadly the improvement was temporary. This morning he was extremely poorly and a visit to the vet confirmed a sizeable abdominal tumor and secondary pneumonia. The antibiotics helped him rally from the pneumonia, but the end was inevitable. Poor lad has been euthanised.
Still, the time he spent has made us think about building a proper enclosure and buying a breeding pair at some stage in the future, with plans to free range them once they settle in.
A huge thank you again to all for your help
I could do no less, I hate to see any kind of animal suffer. My son was devastated when he came home from school and we had to tell him. Have always loved peacocks...probably ever since my Godparents had some when I was young. Having this lad around has really made us think about trying to find some. Apart from looking so stunning, they have gorgeous, inquisitive and just loveable personalities. They are just too easy to get hooked on
I'm so sorry. You did all you could to help him, even above and beyond taking him to a vet.
I love my peafowl like I do my dogs....they are all part of the family. I feed my birds from my hand and actually play with them. They love to grab things from me and run. I'd be devastated if something happened to one of them. Some are penned, others free range. I hope you'll get a pair soon......they are amazing birds, each having it's own personality.