Help! My peachicks are dying!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by harriet3, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. harriet3

    harriet3 New Egg

    Jun 25, 2008

    We are having trouble keeping our peachicks alive. I live on a hobby farm and our peahens hatch their chicks in the henhouse. By about 2 weeks old, the peachicks start to display signs of illness: lack of appetite, weakness, droopy wings. It almost looks like blackhead, but they continue to eat and drink (not robustly though). The symptoms seem to last a few days, then they die. I do notice slight diarrhea as well. Can anybody help?

  2. eggcochin_freak5

    eggcochin_freak5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2008
    Georgia you have a light or any type of warmth on them?
  3. harriet3

    harriet3 New Egg

    Jun 25, 2008
    Thanks for responding....

    Yes, they have warmth. They're being raised by their mothers - peahens. They sit on them and for the first few days we had a light hanging just in case because they are new mothers. We've lost another peachick yesterday.

    Harriet 3
  4. eggcochin_freak5

    eggcochin_freak5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2008
    well i dont know too much about you think the hens squashing them...maybe????
  5. jackiedon

    jackiedon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Central Arkansas
    I hope you find an answer. I just bought my first peachicks last weekend. I have them in the house in a brooder.

  6. warcard

    warcard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    SE Indiana
  7. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    They need high, high protein food - I feed my baby peachicks dry cat food that has been chopped into crubmbles in the blender. Protein content of around 30% or even a bit higher is best for the little ones.

    You may also need to add a supplement like avia charge or other poultry vitamins to their water.

    When they aren't getting enough protein, they just sort of fade away.
  8. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    Do you mean they are kept in the chicken hen house? I was told by Kev on here that it is very bad to keep the peafowl too close to ducks or chickens. The ducks and chickens deal with parasites that can be lethal to the peafowl. It is best for them to brood inside or outside in their own place not to close to the chickens.
    [​IMG] The other suggestions were also very good to make sure their feed has protein at least 24% or higher. Turkey feed or cat food. Not the same food as chickens. Also you could put some DE in their food bin to get rid of parasites.
    Good luck
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2008
  9. Broke Down Ranch

    Broke Down Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2007
    It also sounds like they could be dealing with coccidiosis which would account for the runny poops, hunched up fluffed look. Is there any blood at all in their poop? Also peachicks get worms VERY easily. If there is blood then treat for coccidiosis with sulmet in the water (there are other forms but can't think of them offhand) if there isn't any blood at ALL then I would treat for worms. Use Ivomec since it covers a broader range of parasites. Piperizine only covers roundworms.

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