my first peachick

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by rebel yell, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well it finely happened, it hatched last night, any other info. I need to know about takeing care of it, will it be ok with chicks (chicken) about the same age for now ?[​IMG]
     
  2. Choctaw Valley Farm

    Choctaw Valley Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, not at this age if you can find some keets (Guinea chicks) to put with it that would work, chicken chicks carrier alot diseases that can kill peachicks.
     
  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    It's not ideal or recommended to keep them together at any stage of life, as Choctaw said, due to diseases. If you CAN separate them, you should.

    However, if your chicks were incubator hatched AND you haven't put them on the ground, they're probably ok to keep together with your peachick IF they are all being fed medicated starter and IF you do not expose any of them to adult birds and only UNTIL your chickens make it outdoors. It would be highly unusual for your chicken eggs to have an egg-transferable disease that could harm your peachick and without the exposure to other diseases (ie, being outside or with a chicken mom etc) it would be unusual for your chicks to have contracted something dangerous. Things like cocci are generally picked up from adult birds, environment or food/water sources and if your chicks weren't exposed to parents or outdoors, that would leave food, which your peachick would then be susceptible to it even if they were separated. Usually people keep chickens and peas separated as adults because the chickens can carry some worms that won't really affect them much but can kill peafowl (blackhead being the most common if I recall) and separated as chicks if they are being raised outdoors or amongst adult birds.

    That being said, if anyone with more experience or knowledge than me knows whether or not peachicks can contract marek's disease, please let me know. I was trying to find info on it for the diseases and medications post, but there's nothing on it. I spent a good while last night trying to discover if they even do catch it, but nothing I read even mentioned it in relation to peafowl and I gave up to go to bed. I have a list of questions I will be asking in a separate post when I get done so I can finish filling in info, but figured I'd ask as long as we're talking about chick diseases.
     
  4. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info, yall great !!
     
  5. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sitting on the toilet
    it is cute!!!
     
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