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I've Got A Real Big Problem With My Goldens! Help!!!!

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by paul88, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. paul88

    paul88 Out Of The Brooder

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    In the last two weeks I lost 3 red golden hens to a great horned owl! Too bad it took me so long to figure out what was getting them and how! To try to make this short, I had a perch about 18 inches down from the netting on the top of my pen. The owl would land on the netting, the netting would sag, then it would grab the pheasant by the head. In two of the cases it managed just to pull their heads off, but the last one it held on good enough that it was able to eat the breast before it dropped it in the pen. I knew a cat couldn't of held on that good and I also then found a horned owl feather on the ground. So I have since lowered the perch enough that they can't reach the pheasants and I haven't had any problems since!
    The problem I do have might be worse than the owl attacks! I'm down to 2 males and 2 females. Yesterday I noticed the one male's eye was watery. Today the one eye is completely shut and the other eye looks to have a slight film on it and I think its sight is almost completely gone. Does anyone know what this might be? I put an antibiotic in the water today but I dont think he can find the water anymore. I'm just hoping this isn't something that wont spread to the remaining three healthy ones!
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Any Swelling Anywhere Around The Eye Or Eyes?
     
  3. paul88

    paul88 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, there is some swelling.
     
  4. J3172

    J3172 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had the same problem this summer. I went out one day and found a dead lady amherst hen with no head. Second day I lost a red golden rooster, same story not head. Long story short I end up losing 6 pheasants total. Well one night I was out feeding and the owl hit the cage right next to me. After that I had to move all my high perches and all the perches near the sides. I had one hen lady amherst that had a puncher wound, I put antibiotic cream every day and she got better. I'm not sure what wrong with your bird but I hope he get better.
     
  5. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
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    Possibly a respiratory disease???
     
  6. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    What Other Birds (any Kind Of Birds) Do You Have? Also Can You Post A Pic Of The Ill 1 Showing His Face?
     
  7. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
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    Ahh, it could be disease transfer. Or maybe it could be from the owl when it scratched him.
     
  8. paul88

    paul88 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll take a pic of him tomorrow. I do have 5 bantam chickens in a pen next to the goldens.
     
  9. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Your boy probably has Coryza.
     
  10. paul88

    paul88 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sorry to say and I hated to do it but I culled my sick pheasant today. His both eyes were closed and his face was all wet from the water coming out of his eyes. He was unable to find the food or water anymore so I decided enough was enough. I'm just wondering if it was coryza that he had, what are the chances the remaining male and 2 hens might get it? I'm wondering if I should cull them all or just wait to see what happens>
     

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