Peacock emergency

manybirds

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our peacock was looking Down and out the last few days and scratching at his face so I caught him and looked in his mouth. He has a huge infected dying flesh growth that smells on the roof of his mouth. I think it goes up through his sinus and the whole side of his face is swollen. I believe he was eating and maybe got something stuck in there that turned into a raging infection. I believe he will die soon without vet help but all vets are closed today for one, and I don't think there are any local vets that will do anything for a peacock, we don't have any vets that will look at a goat I can't imagine what they'd say if I brought him in. Is there anything I can do? What's the best poultry antibiotic, I can't get it until tomorrow but I will asap. Should I do anything to it? Should I dig around until I find what caused the infection? It's really hard to work inside a birds mouth without causing harm. It's so big he can't close his mouth and therefore can't drink without assistance. I know, shame on us for not noticing it earlier but he free roams and is very wild and very hard to get to close to when healthy so we couldn't get him until yesterday. I will post pictures later.
 
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@manybirds , very gently try removing the pus with tweezers. If it is through the roof of his mouth, you may need to gently milk the outside to get the rest of the pus out. What antibiotics do you have? Human, cat, dog, just let us know what you have.

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FYI, the yellow stuff is pus, not flesh. Bird pus is not like mammal pus, it's more like a firm cheese. Mammal pus is a liquid. Dead flesh is black.

-Kathy
 

manybirds

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I have penicillin for live stock. We also have sulmet but I don't think that will do me to much good. I can see what else we have out there
 

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You're going to need to try and get the pus out of the mouth I suggest restraining him to minimize injuries to you or him. It's probably a sinus infection but I don't know dosage for an adult peacock. The only thing I can think of for antibiotics but used for other animals is Baytril and Tylon. I'm sure they should be safe for peafowl but I don't know the dosage. Usually there's a dosage on the back of the box but you'll have to figure out your peacock's weight and then covert to what needs to be. 1kg=2.2lbs. To convert say a 10lb peacock to kg you do 10/2.2= 4.54kg. To get it to lbs. do 4.54*2.2= 9.988 lbs. Read on the back to see how it's suppose to be administered. IM= Intramuscular (in the muscle) IV= Intravenous (in the vein) Sub-Q= Subcutaneous (under the skin) Oral is in the mouth.
 
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