Updated with Very Graphic Pictures! - Probable Blackhead Five Miles from My Place

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  1. casportpony

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

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    Note: This is not my bird, it's one I sold two months ago and it was one that was raised indoors and off the ground, it was healthy and parasite/protozoa free when it left here.

    Got a call yesterday from someone that I sold two young peacocks to two months ago saying that both were looking sick a few days ago. I told him I would come get the dead one and the one still alive and try to save it, but it died four hours after I brought it home.

    Symptoms:
    • Depressed
    • Dropped wings
    • Not eating
    • Weak
    • Thin
    • Yellow liquid poop
    • Dark green cecal poop with blood

    Here he is looking very stoic three hours before he died. You can't tell from the picture, but he's about 1kg (2.2 pounds) underweight.
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    Here is a poop picture, but it looked much more yellow than it does here.

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    Here are the necropsy pictures from one of the peacocks.

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    Liver and cecal pouches
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    Contents of cecal pouch - black liquid poop, NOT normal!
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    Inside of cecal pouch
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    Liver with the blackhead spots and I think the black edges are necrotic
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    -Kathy
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2013
  2. casportpony

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

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    Necropsies confirmed blackhead in both peas. Will post pictures later.

    -Kathy
     
  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Oh, my! So sorry! [​IMG]
    Is this prevalent in your area?
    Do they own turkeys, as well?
     
  4. casportpony

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

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    I guess it is prevalent and no, they've never had turkeys and probably shouldn't even try.

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  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    Thank you for the update and info.
    Everyone tells me I should not have turkeys where I have anything else feathered but blackhead is not as common in our area either.
    I think this can happen anywhere and it is best to keep an eye out for symptoms and stay ahead of it, if possible.
     
  6. casportpony

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

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    If you can raise peachicks on the ground with chickens you can raise poults with them, IMO. FWIW, I think there might be a seasonal component to blackhead, this being the time of year that I have seen it the most.

    -Kathy
     
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  7. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Rare in our region.
     
  8. casportpony

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

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    I don't think there is any way to tell if an area is safe unless necropsies are done on all dead chickens, turkeys and gamebirds in that, city/county/state. I've been meaning to call the lab at UC Davis to ask them for the number of blackhead cases that they've seen, but I keep forgetting, lol.

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  9. casportpony

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

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    Curiously, how many people here do necropsies on all of their peafowl? These were the first that I did myself, UC Davis did all of the others.

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  10. margaret8

    margaret8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is blackhead?
     

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