Something wrong?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Kedreeva, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    I have got two peachicks and they used to be in with a duckling. One of them acts what I would consider 'normal'. The other one has gotten into the habit of holding his wings like this:

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    He doesn't *quite* drag them on the ground. I pulled him out to make sure he hadn't like.... donged them on the walls and gotten hurt, and it almost looks like he's missing the linking feather between the primaries and secodaries. He holds JUST the primaries down and there's a clear gap between the two. The other one does not do this at all. This SAME peachick is the one with feathers that look.... well, cowlicked, for lack of a better word. He's got more than a few feathers that stick out at the wrong angle- including, if you can see, half his crown. It forms a V on his head because the back half lays horizontally on his head.

    Is it possible the way he holds his wings is a result of whatever caused the crown and various body feathers to twist/turn?

    Info on them:
    They are in a 3x2x2 rabbit cage in my room at 85 degrees. They are 4 weeks old. They are on a mix of game bird starter and medicated chick starter. Their water is mixed with plain pedialyte. The treats they have had in their lives are raspberries and watermelon. I used to let them steal bites of the duck's wet mash (oatmeal, egg yolks, medicated chick starter, yogurt, and pedialyte) but I stopped about a week ago to get ready to move the duckling to the farm. They are on softwood bedding that is changed every 2-3 days. They were hatched here, where adult birds have never been- the ONLY birds that have been here were hatched here and they're the ONLY birds here now. His behavior in all other respects is normal- eats, drinks, poops, runs in circles, makes noise.

    As it doesn't seem to be affecting his ability to do anything, this is more just out of curiosity. If it's something possibly genetic then I'd like to know so I can keep him out of breeding stock if I decide to breed in a few years.
     
  2. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if peafowl are the same, but sometimes turkeys drop their wings because of the weight of the primaries. They outgrow it... [​IMG]
     
  3. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    was going to say the same thing, peafowl and turkeys both grow wing feathers so fast that it takes the muscles a little while to build up enough to fully suport them.
    As long as he seems otherwise healthy, I wouldnt be too overly worried at the moment.
    They also do that when they are hot.
     
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane

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    Oh interesting. You learn something new every day. He had been holding them fine, and it was about a week where he was doing this.... seems to be getting better so it is probably just weight. I know they aren't too hot, if I turn off one of the two heat lamps they start shivering [​IMG]

    Thanks for the answers!
     
  5. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    yep, probabley just all the new wing weight then
     
  6. KZ

    KZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am awfully glad you asked this question, Kedreeva, and I am glad of the answers. I have some pea babies, and was wondering the exact same thing! When adults hold their feathers like that, it seems to indicate illness. I am glad it is just growing pains for the younger ones.
     
  7. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got 2 freebie young when I bought 4 yearling's a couple years ago and they had same wing stuff.Thye graduated just fine and I doubt the wing droop contributes to gender because I had one Black shoulder male mix and a cameo hen with those 2 babie's.Congrats on your pea's hope they do well for ya.
     
  8. little blue

    little blue Chillin' with my Orps

    Jul 11, 2010
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    that is what our peachick did it just something they do or dont do
     

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