Peachick ill or injured; closed swollen eye, gaping mouth and stretching neck

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by sweetie birds, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. sweetie birds

    sweetie birds In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2013
    south of Houston, Texas
    I have 3 peachicks that hatched June 14 & 15, 2014. Last Monday, the 14 month old female great Pyrenees had figured out how to get into their pen. She seems to want to play with them. I also have a flock of 35 various chickens & the GP doesn't bother them except for an occasional romp through them. After I got her out of the peachick pen, I discovered one of the peachicks had a closed swollen left eye, was not interested in eating scrambled egg and was lethargic. It had a great deal of moist sand stuck to it's back, which I could not figure out. I brought it inside in a pet carrier & researched. It sounded to me like the peachick had a respiratory problem & gave it an injection of .3cc of Tylan 200. It perked up after a few hours & I followed up with another injection on Wednesday.
    It is now a week later and the peachick is loving all this attention & wants to sit on my lap all the time .It still stretches it's neck & opens it's mouth like there is still something stuck inside. The eye swelling went down quickly but it still keeps the eye closed for most of the time. The appetite is great & it's general well being seems normal. I cannot see any blockage down it's throat. There was never an abundance of mucus in it's beak.
    I discovered the GP is determined to get into the peachick pen so she is being tied up all day now to protect the other two peachicks until I can get an aviary built. Tying up a LGD kindof defeats it's purpose! A couple days after this first incident, I found the GP in the pen playing with a very scared peachick who was laying on it's back in the sand. I examined it & found only wet sand matted to it's back. It quickly recovered. This is why I believe the first incident was possibly a result of the GP trying to play with the peachick. I am still concerned with the two remaining physical problems tho. Should I go ahead & treat the peachick for gapeworm? I have Safeguard on hand already.
  2. EyeKeyYou

    EyeKeyYou Chirping

    Jul 7, 2012
    Safeguard won't hurt them. I usually worm mine at 3 months old regardless of symptoms as part of my routine worming program. Just wondering is your GP male or female.
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Forgot about this thread... Gapeworms treatment with Safeguard is 20mg/kg orally for three days. That's 0.2ml per 2.2 pounds for three days in a row. Knowing how much your bird weighs will be needed to treat this successfully.

  4. Yoda

    Yoda Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Shady Hills, FL
    I would give it another injection of Tylan if it were my bird. If the chick is keeping it's eye closed then there is still something there. If the bird is drinking without any issues you can mix the safeguard in it's water and it will work if the bird does have gapeworm. I had a bird that was gaping and everyone told me she had gapeworm but numerous wormings did not stop the bird. I was in my shed when an adult peacock landed on the bird and the gaping began. If your dog is trying to play with the bird and the bird was wet with sand stuck to it, that would tell me the bird either was in the dogs mouth or the dog was licking it. The dog could've hurt the bird and that is why it is gasping. If the worming doesn't stop it then there is another issue other then worms. Here is webpage that tells you some info on gapeworm and what you can use to cure it
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General

    Yes, Safeguard in the water will treat gapeworms, but only if the bird with gapes gets enough medication three days in a row, and that amount of medication *is* 0.15 per 2.2 pounds (1kg).

    Don't know about other people's peachicks, but I know my mine don't drink that much, especially if they're sick. IMO, if one has gapes and wants their peachick or adult pea to live, give the Safeguard orally, not in water.

    I'm always looking for properly documented info on doses and what worms they work for, so if any of you have seen something that contains dosing info for roundworms, cecal worms, capillary worms, gape worms or tape worms, please do share! :D

    Last edited: Aug 29, 2014

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