HELP - Sick peachick?! Sleeping a lot, dirty bottom, swollen vent

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JestersEye, Aug 28, 2008.

  1. JestersEye

    JestersEye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here we go again! The peachick that was injured yesterday is doing beautifully. However, I am very concerned about the smallest peachick (which I assume to be only around two weeks old or so). I have noticed it resting by itself often throughout the day, only moving closer to the others for safety when they are disturbed or frightened (like when I bother them, of course).

    I finally took a closer look and noticed that its vent area seems to be pushed out, perhaps swollen or irritated, and it had some poo stains under its tail. Just to make sure I knew what I was looking at I examined the other peachicks, and their vents don't look like this at all. That makes me more sure that the chick could be sick and experiencing diarrhea-type symptoms. It also has a "poopy" smell that I hadn't noticed before now.

    I've only had the chicks since Monday, and we've been feeding them Purina Mills Start and Grow medicated feed. That should prevent Cocciodosis, right? What type of illness could it be and how do I treat it? I just added Duramycin-10 to the drinking water for all the peachicks. I was going to isolate the tiny chick from the rest, but it got really upset so I put it back. Have I done the right things? What more can I do to get him well again???

    I kinda thought this peafowl thing was gonna be a bit easier than it has been so far... [​IMG]

    Should I rush out tomorrow morning to buy Sulmet or something else to add to the water? If so, should I stop the Duramycin when I do? Any advice is appreciated!
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2008
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I can't offer any help. but maybe someone else will see this.....
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    wish i could help you out...someone here will...good luck..Wendy
     
  4. JestersEye

    JestersEye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This morning, "Tiny" looks to be acting a bit better by keeping up with the rest the pea-flock as they move around the cage (mostly trying to stay away from me as I inspect for abnormal poo and clean up a bit). I haven't noticed any blood anywhere, but I am still new at this and haven't really gotten used to the "normal" poo yet. I will try to watch throughout the day, to see if it is eating and drinking (water still has the Duramycin in it). Its vent area might look a little less swollen to me; but still not sure if there is a marked change. I am going out in a bit to a livestock supply store to buy Sulmet or something similar. If I am missing something important, someone please let me know!
     
  5. JestersEye

    JestersEye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tiny seems to be okay... more alert than yesterday, at least. Maybe the Duramycin helped, although I did finally find some Sulmet (at the 2nd feed store I went to). I have added 1 1/2 tsp. to the quart size waterer, as per the directions and online conversion calculator. I think it will be alright. [​IMG]
     

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