Is this BLACKHEAD? If not, what is it? PICS!! PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by muscovy94, May 5, 2011.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey everyone I have three young peafowl and the past few weeks they have been losing feathers on the back of thier necks and it is really worrying me. Is this what people call blackhead? What is this? Is there any medicine I can give them?
    Any help is appreciated. Here are some pics...
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  2. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any place where they stick their head through the fence to get at something outside the pen? Do they act sick? They could have mites or lice and have been scratching.
     
  3. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

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    I suspect they are pulling out each others feathers.
    Is the diet high enough in protein, and do they have enough room?
     
  4. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2011
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    Both of my SS are doing that but I have put it off as moulting as most of all of my hens are moulting right now.
     
  5. C&Rman

    C&Rman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have never even heard of blakch ead what it is? How does it get caused?????
     
  6. Choctaw Valley Farm

    Choctaw Valley Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you have males in your pen this can also happen with the male trying to stay on hen.
     
  7. Choctaw Valley Farm

    Choctaw Valley Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    C&Rman :

    I have never even heard of blakch ead what it is? How does it get caused?????

    Visual Signs : Decreased Appetite, Watery Yellow Poop, Dry Ruffled Feathers, Become Dehydrated, Rapid Weight Loss, Looks Lethargic with Head and Neck Drooping. Earth worms are the primary carriers, but they can get it from chickens as well.

    Treat with Metronidozole 3 tablets to 1 gallon of water.​
     
  8. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I would do away with free choice scratch grains i see in that feeder, if they are molting they need a better diet to help their feathers grow, Kaytee makes a fruit and nut mix that is 20% protein if you like feeding grains.

    I purchased a grown female and 18 month old male that were fed scratch grains, while they looked nice when i got them after feeding them a better diet they are even more beautiful and my female has gained some visable weight where she was rather thin in the brest area.
     
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