Peacock not behaving normally

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by percypea, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. percypea

    percypea Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I recently inherited a lone peacock who we think is about 2/3 years old. He has been fine for the last six months but over the last few days he has stopped eating, become less responsive to us, fluffed up his neck feathers and seemed really 'wired' as if he was scared of his surroundings. Two days ago I also saw him 'scrapping/bashing' his beak on the ground, although I haven't seen it again since. This morning I found a yellow poo.

    He is a free-range peacock and we are currently having a lot of renovation done on our house. The day before these symptoms started the builders erected two large scaffolds on the house, near to his roosting tree. They were also using a very large crane-type thing which he apparently had a near miss with. There have been a lot of people and cars in his space and instead of his usual wandering he spent yesterday just sat in one corner of the yard.

    Do you think stress could be causing these symptoms? Or could it be something more serious? The crane wasn't here yesterday, and all the builders are gone today as it is a weekend and he seems a little better. Still not eating but more responsive to us and wandering around a bit more.

    I'm a beginner with peafowl so any advice.ideas you can give would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
  2. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Poor guy! [​IMG]
    Unfortunately, I'm guessing that it's going to hard for one of our pea health experts to figure out what's going on with your fellow based on your description. Is there a chance you could post pictures of him and of his poop? And, peas do normally scrape their beaks on the ground to sort of file them down.

    You say he seems a bit better, is he still not eating? It sounds like he may be improving so it might be a wait and see situation, depending upon his symptoms...
     
  3. percypea

    percypea Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your reply. He has eaten this afternoon, and seemed a lot more interested in both us and his food so fingers crossed he is improving. I'll keep you updated on how he goes.

    :)
     
  4. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    We will need a picture of the bird and the poop.
     
  5. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    @percypea , wlcome to BYC! Yellow poop can be a sign of blackhead. Can you post a picture of his poop?

    -Kathy
     
  6. sasglm

    sasglm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]

    Not to hijack this thread, but I too have one of my males acting strange over the last few days. here's a picture of my 2, the one in the background is just standing around with his head pulled back like this a lot. Not eating and I haven't seen him drink either. Sorry I can't find any poop to show. I thought this might be his way of staying warm since it turned cooler the last few days, but the other male in the foreground is acting just fine and as you can see not doing that thing with his head/neck.

    They both eat the same food, treats, and water. No other birds except the occasional Cardinal will come in the cage and eat the some corn.


    thanks
    gary
     
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  7. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    @sasglm - Your peaboy looks very ill.[​IMG] Do you have a vet you can take him to?
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    X2! Looks very sick, perhaps very close to dying.

    -Kathy
     
  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    If you can't get him to a vet I'd suggest that you get him into a warm room, 80-85 degrees is ideal. Do you want to learn how to tube feed? What medications do you have (human, cat, dog, horse, etc)?

    -Kathy
     
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  10. sasglm

    sasglm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well the temp out there right now is 75 today, and he's not too eager for me to even touch him let alone pick him up and move him.
    I last gave Fenbendazole (Safegueguard4) 6 weeks ago.

    I've got some heartroom medicine for our dog and some flea and tick too.

    of course all the normal stuff for 2 parents and 2 kids
     

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