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Peahen with swollen foot -

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by TarHeelBlue, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. TarHeelBlue

    TarHeelBlue Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    Yukon, Oklahoma
    I have a peahen who started limping a few days ago. It has gotten worse, so I caught her and checked her foot out. It is swollen and she acts like it is painful. I don't see any cuts/scrapes/ or any kind of injury. should I put her on antibiotics?? and if so, which one?? I have her in a small pen by herself so that I can check on her and treat if needed. Otherwise she is free range and comes in at night to roost.

  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Could you post a photo? Is the entire foot (toes, etc.) swollen, or is it just the pad of the foot? If just the pad, then it could be bumblefoot, which is an infection caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. If the entire foot, then I would suspect that the foot was stepped on, wedged into something, or otherwise injured in some way. I would recommend isolating her in a clean, deeply bedded place. Perhaps give her some aspirin (I believe the dosage for chickens at least is 1/2 tablet--you might want to increase the dosage for a larger bird like peafowl) to ease the pain. Just keep her quiet, and perhaps give vitamins in her water.
  3. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana
    Yes, pics please.
  4. TarHeelBlue

    TarHeelBlue Songster

    Jan 2, 2011
    Yukon, Oklahoma
    Thanks!!! I can get pics later today and post. It doesn't look like bumble foot (I have treated that in my chickens - not fun for them. In fact I have a chicken isloated right now, because of her bumblefoot "surgery".)
    Her entire foot is swollen and I have isolated her into a small pen with her own water and food. would a round of antibiotics help? Especially since I don't know what caused it. I can't find any scabbing like on a chicken with bumblefoot, although I will check again today when I get home to make sure I didn't miss anything. If I do find it is bumblefoot, treat it just like a chicken??? and what antibiotics to use??

    thanks for all your help. I will post pics asap.
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    I have many free ranges here and I have witnessed many bad landings that turned into a limp.
    I would keep an eye on her and not medicate unless you know there is something in need of medicating

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