Need Help Skinny Peacock???

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Alex1010, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    @Alex1010 , ignore the doing direction on the bottle of Safeguard, it's for goats, and goats get *much* less than birds. Give the 0.23 ml per pound for five days.

    -Kathy
     
  2. Alex1010

    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll look for his poop and thanks I'll look for some.
     
  3. Alex1010

    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks will do, but do you think that's the reason he's under weight?
     
  4. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Alex1010 , you may never know why he was under weight when you bought him. From your description, it doesn't sound as though he was on an appropriate pea diet, and peas use a lot of energy growing feathers. He may have been stressed, he probably has worms that weren't killed by the Wazine, he might have coccidia -- and that's just the start of the list [​IMG]

    Worm him, treat for coccidia perhaps, give him good pea food, some sunlight and a place to perch, and see if he puts on weight. Watch for any signs that he may be ill, and if anything doesn't look right, don't wait -- get help right away, because peas can go downhill fast.

    I think he'll do fine once he's wormed and gets proper food. [​IMG]
     
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  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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  6. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Alex1010 , just to be clear (since most of us don't speak vet language as well as @casportpony [​IMG] ), you "rule out" worms and coccidia as causes of his low body weight by treating for them and watching for improvement. That means you go ahead and worm with a broad-spectrum wormer like fenbendazole (Safeguard), treat for coccidia (amprolium), or check his poop at the vet, and you eliminate those as cause for concern.

    Since peas should receive regular preventative health care, including worming, and especially since you know that the wormer the previous owner was using isn't broad spectrum enough, your bird should benefit from using the Safeguard and you can then (mostly) stop worrying about worms as a cause of his low weight.

    Remember, there can be (and probably are) multiple reasons ALL contributing to your new baby's low body weight. Best to start (in my view) by addressing the likely ones: worms, coccidia and diet -- you can actually cover all of those at the same time and get him off to a good start in his new home [​IMG]

    If you do all these things and he still doesn't gain weight, then it's time to dig further. Stay in touch with us!
     
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  7. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About that weighing him bit -- it may be easier if you wrap him in a towel if you are trying to hold him. Make sure you subtract the weight of the towel.
     
  8. Alex1010

    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I'll do all of those too make sure he's in proper care
     
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    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm pretty sure he will get a lot better here, the guy I got him from didn't care for his peas that well. Ill try to get all of those tomorrow.
     
  10. Alex1010

    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have anything to weight him on sadly, my chickens are heavier than him
     

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