sudden unexplained death

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by chickensins, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. chickensins

    chickensins New Egg

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    i apoligize for spelling and grammer errors but this was written urgently as we are scared of something contagios in our flock.

    today we found our male peacock laying next to his mates nest and we originally thought he was already dead back then because of how stiff he was but he was moving his beak slightly, we took him inside and he has pale looking eyes (hes white so they normally were almost black) with some slime around them simeilar to the "tears" you can see around a dogs eyes, he quickly becomes less and less able to move (we had to support his head) but had some sudden sezuire like movemnts and cpr was attempted but he died (its hard to say exactly when because he gradully moved less and less), when we used a flashlight we saw his throat was filled with a spit like slime substance and there were bubbles.



    he was laying were we found him this morning but appeared fine, and we assumed he was just being protective of the peahen and has otherwise shown no signs of illnes, he was seen pooping yesterday and that looked normal, he has also walked outside the property yesterday wich he often does. the peahen is laying on overdue and assumed to not fertile eggs chicks, chicks from them have been hatched by incubator but were killed by him after my parents left them alone a moment.

    we live in denmark an theese our only peafowl but they live with chickens.
     
  2. new 2 pfowl

    new 2 pfowl Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sorry for your loss.[​IMG]It is so hard to lose a pea friend.

    If you are worried about the rest of your flock, you will want to find out what killed your boy as soon as possible. Is there somewhere near you that can do a necropsy and find out what was wrong with him?
     
  3. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would suggest a necropsy. Do you have a picture of the inside of his throat? If so can you please post it.
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    @chickensins , so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]You should have a necropsy done or try to do one yourself:


    -Kathy
     
  5. msmolly

    msmolly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My male peacock died not long ago- suddenly- no signs of illness till 48 hours before his death. Rushed him to the vet, where the next day he had a seizure and died. Results showed full crop of food (so he had been eating), but VERY pale liver and kidneys, and...blood in his lungs. Lab results came back that he had been ill for some time as his liver had been compromised till he hemorraghed into his lungs. Probable cause was concluded as Aflatoxin- a toxin from tainted corn, peanuts and sometimes grain. Poor harvesting, storage or disposal of feed often the cause. Thought I would share. So sorry for your loss. Ps. If it is Aflatoxin it is not contagious.
     
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  6. starhikers

    starhikers Out Of The Brooder

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    sounds like poison to me. I have a crazy neighbor, maybe you do too. this woman has shot my birds on my property and tried to poison them. A lot of people hate peafowl, sad but true. sorry for your loss.
     
  7. chickensins

    chickensins New Egg

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    sorry for the late reply (it took a while for my thread to get improved and i assumed it was deleted) ive fotunally had no other illnes the flock, chicken or pea. or main concern is his mate an older female, she is not broody anymore but i dont know loosing him and her eggs almost at the same time could cause her stress issues.
     
  8. chickensins

    chickensins New Egg

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    sorry for the late reply (it took a while for my thread to get improved and i assumed it was deleted) ive fotunally had no other illnes the flock, chicken or pea. or main concern is his mate an older female, she is not broody anymore but i dont know loosing him and her eggs almost at the same time could cause her stress issues.
     

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