Peahen, well but will not eat much

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by cherienug, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. cherienug

    cherienug New Egg

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    My peahens 3 1/3 month old, got sick took them to a vet. they were wormed, on meds, 1 did not make it ( the 1 we thought would live) the smaller 1 is alive, no sign of her nasal congestion,will drink a little and just peck around not enough too keep her a live. she has been just about everything i can think of to make her want to eat, I have 5 other 2 to 3 years old that she is with they are loving all the goodies. I have been tube feeding her late afternoon and early evening to try to keep her alive, not sure how much I should feed her, have been giving vitamins/electrolytes/probiotics in the water i mix her food with. she had dark green poop at first but now it is tan to brownish like the food i'm giving her. I need to buy a scale tomorrow to weigh her, to see if she has gained or lost. Should i give her baking soda water for her crop will that help since they did get empty for a day or 2, they both were eating well than they seemed better day 7 or 8 and eating stopped, Day 9 AM, i figured out what to tube feed them with, came back from the pet store and the the bigger 1 died. Have been tube feeding for 7 days, each time i try to fill her crop up lightly started out with 1 1/2 oz 2 times a day, now 2 1/2 to 3 oz with a little extra water (mixture mentioned above) 2 times a day. her wings do not hang down below there natural placement anymore, she goes inside at night to keep her warm and to rest, our weather is pretty mild but changes by the hour, Monday it was 74/84 out today it was 44/54, so she stayed in today, They eat chicken layer pellets 18%, Rich Game Super rooster mixture, dog meal 25% protein, veggies, fruit, meal worms, grass. Any ideas would help I would be very grateful, I am not sure if i am feeding her enough ? i worry about her crop souring, I am not sure if her crop is working properly? maybe it needs to have its pH balance replenished with baking soda water if that would work I don't know it does or my chickens, but hers does not have any mushiness to it. Please and Thank You for reading my long winded words just can't seem to get her back. She is so sweet and calm and puts up with all that i do to her to try to save her and my other peafowl all love her and it seems like they try to encourage her to eat.
     
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  2. thndrdancr

    thndrdancr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was she tested for cocci? Sometimes I get live crickets from the pet store, they love them and the wiggling encores them to eat?

    Sometimes it's very tuff to get them to thrive. I had one that momma chicken decides she was thru, brood of three, and she literally cried herself to death[​IMG]. The other two made it. They are sure fragile little things when young.

    Sorry your having so much trouble. Your sure she doesn't have mite or anything? I am having a terrible problem with them and they can suck the life right out of s baby.
     
  3. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a photo of her poo?
    Did the vet say anything about coccidia? Has she been treated for it? What meds was she on for worms, and how long?
    Does she have any other symptoms like coughing or sneezing or mucus?
    Does your vet have experience with birds, and can you manage to take her again?
     
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  4. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, have you tried her on a mash of moist crumble with some diced hard boiled egg on it?
    She doesn't sound well... and poo doesn't sound normal.
    What are you tube feeding with?
     
  5. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @casportpony did you see this thread? What are your thoughts here?
     
  6. EyeKeyYou

    EyeKeyYou Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you took her to vet and they did tests they should have told you what they had. If they didn't find anything vets usually don't find blackhead without a necropsy. If you kept body of first one I suggest you dissect it just look at the organs for spotting or anything that doesn't look right I think everyone should learn how to do one.

    Sorry for what your going through
     
  7. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't sound like whatever the vet treated for worked. What were her original symptoms? What is she doing now. What was she treated with? Are you trying to get her to eat normally? Mealworms are a favorite of most birds. Try making a mash (mix her food with warm water until consistency of oatmeal after sitting long enough to absorb water) and feeding it from your fingers to start. If this works mix a little calf manna with it and let it soak up. I don't know why but calf manna really works to increase their appetite. If you aren't treating her, you should be. Once you medicate her, continue for the suggested course, don't stop early. It sounds like she may have coiccidia (sp?) but could be something else just as easily. If you can take her back to the vet, it probably would be a good idea, i don't think her crop is the problem right now. I use sulmet for cocci, but a lot of members don't and use something else.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Need to see some poop pictures.

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  9. KsKingBee

    KsKingBee Overrun With Chickens

    If you can find a vet that will do a fecal float exam you may save yourself a lot of money. A fecal float will show Coccidiosis, worm eggs, and Blackhead eggs. Call around and ask if they do it in house or if they send it off, you want someone who can do it in house as it will cost less. Ask for pricing. Take a fresh pile of poo in for the test.
     
  10. cherienug

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    she was tested for coiccidia,the They did not have any worms, i had a fecal done.And they did have something stating like lice from being in there boxes not getting to dust, the vet said she didn't see anything but i felt like there was something on me after i handled them so as some as i got home they were dusted and there boxes cleaned and dusted with % % 7 poultry dust, plus i put some in the place where the big Peas dust in there 20 x 20 ft pen and their doghouse bedding. she got rained on and it was cold one night the next evening when i went to put them in to there boxes to sllep and stay i noticed sticky stuff on there back shoulder area the feathers were all bunched up were they tucked there heads and they head and they sounded like they hard a sinus infection, were eating well at that time. I put them inside with a heater and vaporizer with vicks and put them on Tylan for 5 days, had no improvement. So I called the zoo down here and they sent me to there vet. There were wormed,just in case and give meds for 10 days. but stopped eating at day 7 or 8.I read that the very dark green color of her poop was from not eating. I am tube feeding, I was told to use Exact for baby birds from the pet store it is 25% protein, she poop color is now the color of the food i am feeding her I med tan, I bought a scale to weigh her and her food I dont think I am feeding her enough, so i read she should eat 15 % her body weight each feeding, I had her up to 3 oz 2 times a day, because i wanted her to eat on her own with the other birds, she just pecks a little, so now if she is still a live today (i have not checked yet it is 5 am ), she weighted 2.13 lbs last night so i fed her 5 oz by weight, her feeding syringe measure 4 oz by volume. This morning 12/4/14 I will weight her measure out her 15% of food per her body weight and feed her as often when her crop is empty.I figure that the antibiotics took its toll on her appetite and being inside and the whole ordeal, she only picks at a little cooked egg we feed everybody cooked eggs. she didn't even look at the mealworms,,but she nibbled on some grass in her box. if it is nice today she can go outside. I am hoping that it is just she is run down and i was not giving her enough food to get her body back up and running like when a persons blood sugar is low one gets depressed. Thank you all for your help I will keep you posted, I would think that she will show some improvement in a few days by my feeding her more. Please pray for her recovery.
     

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