sick peahen?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by bettymom, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. bettymom

    bettymom Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 peahens and 1 peacock almost 2 years old. They are in with my chickens and have done very well until one of the peahens began what sounded like a cough to me. She walks around and every so often opens her mouth as in taking in a breath. She has never stopped eating or drinking. I feed them cracked corn and they have access to laying pellets. I also give them a handful or so of dry cat food daily and a can of mixed vegies about once or twice a week. Been going on for about 2 weeks. At first the breathing sounded a little girgley but now no sound with breathing. I have been adding electrolytes and vitamines to water and have wormed all with Wazine17. It has been very cold here in teens at night. The coop has ventalation and they are not exposed to the wind.
    Since I am new to peas I didn't know if the opening of the mouth is normal or not.
    She really seems better now. Am I doing the right things? Any suggestions?
    Thank you for any help
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Wazine only kills a few worms peafowl are susceptible to , so it would be best to worm them with safeguard, we use safe guard for goats with good results.
    Canned vegetables are high in salt and is not really good for birds or people , Fresh is always best, kale, collards, cabbage corn on the cob, cooked sweet potato's,, cooked whole gran brown rice, bananas, real cheese, plain yogurt,grapes, scrambled eggs, raw peanuts, sunflower seeds and the list goes on.

    Laying pellets does not have enough protein for peas and when you add crack corn it means they are getting even less protein than they need, cat food is questionable but adding scrambled eggs will be helpful. they need at leat 20% protein in their diet [​IMG]

    Can you post photos of your sick one and tell us about where they live? are they with other kinds of fowl like chickens , ducks guineas etc?

    As far as the gurgling i have no clue but others here have dealt with this, so hang in there and someone will be along to advise you.

    Keeping your pretty in my pea prayers here [​IMG]



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  3. bettymom

    bettymom Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply
    How much SafeGuard do you use as I have it on hand. We have goats and sheep too.
    I buy the low salt vegies and rinse them. I saw a post earlier that said to do this and cat food was also said to be high in protein.
    They are in with chickens too
     
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I use 1cc per bird and mix it with as much scrambled eggs they will eat at one feeding,some folks put it on a piece of bread and hand feed, if you have many birds to worm you can use oatmeal and eggs for a base to put the meds in that i have a big free range flock so this works best for me[​IMG]

    Canned veggies just don't have much nutrition once they have been processed just sayen, frozen veggies are just as cheap and much better for them than canned IMO but i am also a bit OCD about nutrition for my animals and my family [​IMG]
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  5. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful garden ZAZ. With safeguard you need to worm at least 3 days in a row.
     
  6. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Thanks trefoil i forgot to put that in there [​IMG]
     
  7. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm alarmed at the gurgling, do you have Tylan on hand for the livestock?
    What kinds of antibiotic do you have? It could be gape worm, or it could be a respiratory infection, or even something else. How long has she been like this?
    Does she have any sinus discharge or swelling?
    Do you ever hear her sneeze?
    Is there a vet that you use?
     
  8. Garden Peas

    Garden Peas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I forgot... in terms of diet, you might look to see what is available in your area for game bird feed or game bird starter
     
  9. casportpony

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

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    A couple of us use Safeguard for five days in a row. Five days in a row will kill roundworms, cecal worms, gapeworms, capillary worms and maybe some species of tapes. The dose we use is 0.23mg per pound, which works out to 3ml for a full size male and 2ml for a full size hen. You can use the liquid for goats/cattle or the paste for horses. Either one, same amount, and you'll find them in the goat, cattle and horse section of Tractor Supply.

    -Kathy
     
  10. casportpony

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

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    Ignore the directions on the Safeguard bottle, they're for goats, and goats, sheep, cattle and horses get way less than birds do.

    -Kathy
     

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