Please Help--My Peafowl are not eating! What do I do!

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by RedBugPoultry, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. RedBugPoultry

    RedBugPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    Jasper Co., S.C.
    Hello, I have two young male peafowl and they have not eaten for 4 days that I can tell. The last meal I know they seemed to eat well was a salad I made the of yellow squash, cabbage, and romaine lattice. Did I over do it? I feed romaine lattice to them almost every day and yesterday I gave them half an acorn squash to see what they would do and they only picked at it. One is starting to walk with his wings drooping down? My husband is telling me I need to just let them out and not keep them in the pen all the time which has no grass--it is about 20 by 40 feet and does not have any grass any more. I did put some safeguard in their water yesterday (how do you guys get it mixed in the water good?) but do not know what else to do. Should I just let them out? I can not treat them if I do. Did I feed them too many veggies? They will not even eat sunflower seeds which are their favorite food!

    Please help as today my hubby wants to just let them out of the pen.
     
  2. bdfive

    bdfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long have you had them? They should stay penned if new to the property for at least a month so they'll know it's home and not run off. What do you have in the pen for them to eat other then the vegetables? They should have some gamebird feed. I think the wings drooping is a sign of illness but hopefully others more knowledgable will chime in on the subject. I use Safe Guard for goats (Fenbendazole, Suspension 10%). 3 or 4 cc per gallon of water fresh daily for 3 days and repeat 10 to 12 days. I go out and pour the water back and forth into another bucket a few times a day to keep it well mixed. If they aren't drinking the water you may need to dose them individually. I don't have the directions but am sure you can use keywords and find information on BYC. Are they drinking water? I always know if mine are because they love frest water and immediately go for some when I change it.
     
  3. RedBugPoultry

    RedBugPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    Jasper Co., S.C.
    I have actually raised them from eggs--hatched them myself. So I have had them for about 9 months. I do have other food in with them -- I keep a mix of grain and lay pellets in a feeder all the time and also give sunflower seeds from time to time. The one is laying around today and not getting up the other one I turned out on grass. I do not think the one will make it but time will tell. I just do not have the energy to stress over these birds any longer. I think I baby them too much. I have chicken and guineas that I do not give half the attention and are doing great so maybe I was not cut out to be a peafowl owner. [​IMG]
     
  4. bdfive

    bdfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They can definitely be free ranged growing up there. If you need to get them back in the pen you should be able to do it with bread, grapes or other treats they love. Have you been worming the peafowl? If not and they have been penned I wouldn't be surprised they have worms. How long have they been on the ground? If you've not wormed I'd use the Safeguard and worm them. What Safeguard do you have? If you can't get the one to drink water we'll have to find the dose you'd give directly in the mouth but take note....you have to put it down the proper place in the throat or it can go into their lungs and give them pneumonia. I always put it in the front part of the beak a little at a time and let them swallow it themselves. Once you've done these things it's not as stressful after. Don't give up having peafowl. No one has been as stressed as I have. I've lost a few very young peas...it's heartbreaking but we can only do the best we can for them. Do you see anything else out of place with the bird that's just laying around? Is it's face swollen or ????
     
  5. RedBugPoultry

    RedBugPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    Jasper Co., S.C.
    It died today. No swollen face, not nothing that I could see. He had food in his craw but had not eaten in a few days. How much Safeguard would I give of the horse type? That is what I have a tub of horse Safeguard. Do I only treat once?
     
  6. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    So sorry!
    The poor guy!
    I hope you can get the other guy some help ASAP!
     
  7. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the poop looking like? And is there any way to open the one that died and look at the liver?
     
  8. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Sorry you lost the other.... keep the remaining one penned so you can treat and handle him. What was in your pen before? peafowl need to be wormed, especially if you have other birds around. If there have ever been chickens in that pen or on the ground there where you keep them, then Black head could be a factor.... but if they were never wormed then I would start with that. Do not use the Safeguard pellets... too hard to see if they are injesting it. Use safeguard Horses paste... put pea sized drop in their mouth... repeat in 7 days then 14. Or use liquid Goat Safeguard 1 cc per 10 lbs down the throat on any suspected heavy worm load birds... then 3cc per gallon of their water for 5 days. repeat in 14. If they seem very depressed use 1/2 the amount I gave.
    Add vitamins to their water... keep it drinking..... scrambled eggs can sometimes tempt them... and are easy to push down their throat. they are not hard to raise but need more then chickens etc... many can't even get them to 9 months old, so you did good up until now so don't give up. Keep a good worming plan and then they should do good. once well the other should beable to free range since you hatched it there.
     
  9. RedBugPoultry

    RedBugPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    Jasper Co., S.C.
    Thank you for all your kind thoughts and help! The pen use to be a pig pen some time ago and was only used for a few months for them. I have given the birds Wozine(sp) in the past but never the Safeguard. I will get my husband to help me give the Safeguard today and hopefully that will help. I was going to try to get some fishzole but not sure if I will get that in time if that is the problem. We do have chickens but really do not know if there is a blackhead problem in the ground here. We have friends that raise their peafowl loose year round and have never wormed them-- they have chickens also and some from us. How is it some people have such good luck and I seem to have such bad....

    Again, Thank you all for your thoughts and help!
     
  10. Resolution

    Resolution Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like you've got a calcium issue. Did I read that you've been feeding them layer pellet?

    Quote: RENAL FAILURE

    You need some Cranberry Gel Capsules- the kind they sell for human urinary tract infections and Krill Oil Gel Capsules sold for humans with inflammation issues (fatty acid supplement).
    Give the surviving bird two cranberry gels caps and two krill oil gel caps twice a day for eight days.

    Add cider vinegar to the drinking water.
    Eliminate lay pellet from diet.
    Temporarily stop feeding vegetables and greens.
    Feed only canned fruit like pears and some soaked dry dog food.

    And lastly- wormers are toxic by nature-they poison parasites. If your bird is looking very poorly the first thing you need to do is help boost its immune function.
    When well-meaning people suggest you start medicating or worming an animal with no prior knowledge of the actual health status of the bird they may be guiding you towards counter-productivity. Your bird's health is at issue here. Birds have miraculous healing capacity.

    You're not at war with the bird's immune system. You are its ally.
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
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