Farmer sprayed weed killer on fields now peacock is sick. Need Help.

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  1. maitia17960

    maitia17960 Out Of The Brooder

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    My peacock is a 4 and half year old IB Peacock. He is free range. Last week I noticed that he didn’t seem to be acting normal. He was not as active. Started to watch him more. I wormed him with Safeguard. This is the second time he was wormed this year. First time was with Ivomec in the spring. Last Thursday he took off and didn’t come home to roost in his roost tree. I found him on Saturday evening and got him home. He was still sick. His wings drooped, laying around and eating very little. He did go up on roost that night. Sunday he laid around all day still not eating much at all. I was able to see his poop. It was just water with some white and yellow in it. After looking on the internet for what might be wrong only thing I came up with was maybe blackhead. His food and water is kept inside a pen and changed every day. So I didn’t think it was bad food. Sunday night he couldn’t get all the way up his roost tree. We waited till after dark and caught him. I gave him 180 mg of Metronidazole. Monday his poop was still water, with some white, yellow, and two or three times there was black pea sized whatever in it. Again he only ate very little. I offered him eggs, bread, parrot pellets, game bird maintenance and fruit. He only ate some parrot pellets and a little bread. I have vitamins and electrolytes in his water. Gave him meds again. Tuesday poop still water, white, yellow and a little more black stuff in it. He did eat a little more this time parrot pellets, eggs, and bread. Gave him meds again. Today I found out they had sprayed the farm with weed killer last Saturday. I was not home when they did it so that is why I didn’t know. This morning his poop was still watery but with less yellow in it and more solid stuff that is more greenish now. He ate a lot more today and is more active. Do you think I should be doing anything else for him because of the weed kill they sprayed? I am worried that I am not doing enough for him. Up till now he has been very healthy.
     
  2. new 2 pfowl

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    Poor guy! It's a VERY good sign that his appetite is improving and he seems more active.

    It may be that you don't need to do anything since he's improving; someone with more experience here will hopefully give you advice about this. I think it might be best if you don't give him any more meds, though, if his system is already struggling with chemicals.

    This may seem like a strange suggestion, but I wonder about giving him a bath? Or at least wiping him off somehow? If drifting weed killer got on him, it might still be on his feathers, and he may ingest more of it when he grooms. Just a thought.
     
  3. I think you are doing all you can. Keep offering him what he likes to eat.
     
  4. frenchblackcopper

    frenchblackcopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could seek out information as to what type of weed killer was used and get the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) sheet for that product from the fertilizer company that applied or sold the farmer that chemical.There is instructions for ingestion of the chemical and what should be done in case such an event takes place.It is written for human ingestion but the information about the particular chemical used could be given to a veterinarian for their response regarding bird ingestion of the active ingredients,there is also a 1-800 ph number to call on ALL MSDS sheets in case of emergencies,,someone is on standby 24-7 at this phone number and they can help you tremendously.
     
  5. maitia17960

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    Thanks everyone Ice is doing a lot better today. I even let him out of the pen because it is very hot in there. He is eating a good bit, not laying around all the time, and preening his feathers. Almost back to normal. I don’t think I have to give him a bath because we had two days of heavy rain after they sprayed. I just might have got lucky there as he was out in it. I still have not been able to get in touch with the farmer to ask what he sprayed on the fields. He rents the farm from my brother in law. I ask him to find out what he used. I am waiting to hear from him. I am still worried about Ice because I don’t know if there is any long term effect of the spray. They sprayed the fields on Saturday Sept. 1. I had not known that the fields were going to be sprayed. If I had I would have taken precautions. That Tuesday I noticed he didn’t seem right nothing specific just seemed a little off. By Thursday he was not any better so that is when I decided to worm him first to see if that made a difference. That evening he took of somewhere and didn’t come back. That is not normal he may wonder to the next farm but always comes home. I looked all over for him and couldn’t find him. I was beginning to think he went off somewhere and died. I found him on Saturday and he was no better. He was sick for a while before I gave him any meds. I don’t like to give meds for no reason but he was going downhill fast. Not knowing they had sprayed the fields I thought it was maybe blackhead. I don’t know if the meds helped or not. Now I am going to give him some probios to help with his digestion systems. Praying he still keeps getting better each day and that it didn’t do any permanent damage to him.
     
  6. farhaS

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    One of my peahen is sneezing and making strange sounds like she is coughing or clearing her throat! Is she unwell or just stressed as I got her just a week ago to add to my flock ( two male and one female) need help please!!!
     
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  7. frenchblackcopper

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    Maybe she has gapeworms??
     
  8. farhaS

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    What do I give for the worms?
     
  9. new 2 pfowl

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    Hello farhaS,
    I'm sure someone will be able to give you some advice about your sick girl (poor girl!).
    In the meantime, there are many threads here dealing with gapeworm and various other pea health problems, have you done a search?
    The search function works well.
    Also, you might take a look at the sticky threads, they have a lot of information:
    "Sticky" Threads for the "Peafowl" forum:
     
  10. new 2 pfowl

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    Maitia, how's Ice doing today? I hope he is still improving. Let us know!
     

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