Peacock with a bloody nose!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by annarogetta, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. annarogetta

    annarogetta Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys I really need your help, within the last week I noticed blood in their shed and started researching what to do when ducks poop blood, because that is what I assumed. Now today I noticed more blood. And I found the source, it was coming from my peacock nostrils. It has been very very cold, yesterday in the negatives. I live in worcester county so we currently have over 90inches of snow, and it is still snowing another 1-2 feet as I am writing this. I am so stressed out, their water buckets are frozen to the ground and I can't clean them, and I can't clean their pen as well, which frustrates me even more, everything is frozen solid, all I can do is add hay or pine shaving on top so they have a place to sit for the night, but I am really distraught over the matter, this is my first year owning ducks and a peacock and it just so happened to be the worst winter! The ducks are doing ok, but now I am just worried about my peacock, I just hope it is the really dry and cold weather, but if it is serious I need to know!
    Sorry about the whole life story, I am so distraught and was not ready for this, the second it warms up I am going to change their situation and how to get ready for this again, but right now I am just so stressed because there is a little to nothing I can do now.
     
  2. Frenchman Creek

    Frenchman Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry to hear about your peacock having a problem. I think you might need to give some more info on your boy like age and whether he is a blue or green in order for folks to help. If he is a blue I would not think it would be the cold by itself as they are normally pretty comfortable in well below zero temps as long as their feet are protected with a proper perch or straw (not hay) on the floor for them to burrow in. If he is having a respiratory problem then the super cold does not help. If the house is not drafty then the cold normally does not bother them as we have minus twenties and colder temps almost every winter here and the blues have always done well. I have never seen blood in the nostrils but others may have seen it and can give you some help. Hope things go well with him.
     
  3. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    Does your boy have any other symptoms?

    I don't want to be an alarmist, but the only time I have seen blood coming out of a pea's nostrils was when an evil neighbor put out rat poison [​IMG] and two of our boys ate it, and it was an indication of massive internal bleeding.

    *I should say that this is very likely not the case with your pea, as you have been seeing the blood for a week already (?).
     
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  4. Is it coming out of the nostrils or out of the beak cuticle? The cuticle will bleed like crazy if they hit it hard on something. It will quit eventually if that is the case.
     
  5. annarogetta

    annarogetta Out Of The Brooder

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    I am pretty sure it is his nostril, but no blood today. He is about 10 months and a spalding at least 50% green
    Also, nothing seems to come from his mouth and the bleeding has only happened twice within the last 7 days, I had to buy a new water bucket for them because he got blood all over the old one and I can't clean it out due to that everything is frozen and stuck, I am thinking about giving everyone antibiotics and dewormer, since the weather has been so bad and stressful for my birds
     
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  6. Frenchman Creek

    Frenchman Creek Chillin' With My Peeps

    I only have blues so others with high percentage Spaulding will need to advise you whether your boy needs supplemental heat. I am located about fifty miles northwest of Albany and last night it went down to minus fourteen with minus forty wind chills and all my blues came out into the pens when I opened their door and todays high is only four above and they are still out soaking up the sun. I know you folks in Worcester got walloped with the snow but we still have four feet of snow on the ground and I count it as a blessing as when the pens are shoveled I pile the snow along the edges and it makes a great wind break so daily wind chills are no concern to me as the birds are not in the wind. I use heated water fonts in all the houses but not sure how they would work with ducks. Nice to hear that his bleeding has stopped so hopefully he is on the mend unless it is the cold bothering him. Hope he recovers fine.
     
  7. MinxFox

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    I have heard of people who have lost high % spaldings over the winter. If he is 50% green or higher it probably would be safe to provide some heat especially because he is young. Did you get him from someone with a similar climate?

    You probably have a heat lamp on them but make sure he is able to get under it or roost directly under it.

    You can buy heated water dishes so you don't have to deal with everything being frozen.

    He is roosting in an indoor area at night or when it is cold during the day right? If given the choice, peafowl often pick to roost outside even if it is cold and rainy.

    Blue Creek Farm on here used to have a very high % spalding (he sold him). It is cold where he lives he might be able to tell you more about how he kept his spalding over the winter.

    Since Spaldings can be more sensitive to the cold, you might want to consider having an India Blue variety instead or in the future if you want more peafowl. I would probably stay away from white peafowl since they seem to get cold easily probably because they lack dark feathers.

    I can't say for sure if it is the cold getting to him, but it is always safe to provide heat for them in really cold weather, especially for a Spalding and always for a Green Peafowl. The Blues are hardier.
     
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  8. annarogetta

    annarogetta Out Of The Brooder

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    @MinxFox
    When I got peafowl I only ordered Indian blue for their more docile temperment and hardiness, unfortunately a few months after I got him, some in here told me that I actually got a spalding, I had to look up on the spaldings where I got him and going that they only have high % greens there. He does sleep/roost in an inclosed shed and every morning he does try to get into my house, but thanks, I'll make the nessissary changes
     
  9. MinxFox

    MinxFox Overrun With Chickens

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    That is really bad that they sent you the wrong variety. :(
    Do you have a photo of him?

    I hope everyone's birds are staying warm I know the weather is brutal and the snow is piling up. I can't wait for spring.
     
  10. annarogetta

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    Here is him earlier this winter
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