Pea Chicks and Chicken Chicks Dying

Lincs Lass

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north lincs
A mystery one .
The yard has peacocks and chickens running free range ,,they both hatch of healthy broods of chicks but within a month ,both lots of chicks just go to skin and bone and eventually peg it .

Now we have had trouble with blackhead in the peachicks before but its never affected anything else .
Brought a bird in tonight that has gone downhill so fast it wont last the night out .
they all look very healthy at the start but deteriorate so fast .

Any ideas
 

Lincs Lass

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north lincs
No itching personaly ,its very odd how its affecting the od few ,they are feeding and drinking well but with in a matter of hours they just go down hill ,doesnt affect the adult birds
 

Lincs Lass

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Location
north lincs
Cocci? Are they standing round looking miserable? I usually dose up the water with Harkers Coxoid every couple weeks when they are young. Wo
Ye ,wings down ,feathers all fluffed up ,heads look heavy ,,,That one was dead this morning .
It only seems to be the ones running around the yard ,,they go all over along with the peacocks .
Was told its a parasite the peacocks carry and can pass it on to other fowl like turkeys,chucks,quail ,,doesnt affect geese
 

Dry Rot

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Livestock Farmer
I used to breed American Bob White Quail for dog training and it was always Blackhead that caused the trouble, synptoms as you describe. Frounce is a similar disease of birds of prey. Roup in poultry. Canker in pigeons. I have seen all three over the years.

Note the following article specifically mentions pea fowl. It wouldn't take much to get some stuff for pigeon canker from your vet or online and dose a few ailing birds. The cure can be quite dramatic -- if that's what it is. Spartrix and Flagyl are two trade names I seem to remember and I think they wioll be available on line.

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/1285/control-of-blackhead-disease/

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=s...oV5rrBtDv8AeZxqzYBQ#q=pigeon+canker+flagyl+uk
 

Dry Rot

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Livestock Farmer
Yes they can pick it up easily if running free esp off the adults. Wont hurt to dose I suppose.

The "carrier" or intermediate host of the blackhead bug is apparently the earth worm. A game farmer told me earth worms could be killed off with Carbate (?). I didn't try it, but just passing on the information for what it is worth.

Aren't the symptoms of cocci yellow droppings, sometimes containing blood? Never had a problem here, so don't know.
 

Lincs Lass

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Location
north lincs
The "carrier" or intermediate host of the blackhead bug is apparently the earth worm. A game farmer told me earth worms could be killed off with Carbate (?). I didn't try it, but just passing on the information for what it is worth.

Aren't the symptoms of cocci yellow droppings, sometimes containing blood? Never had a problem here, so don't know.
The droppings are extremely smelly ,more than normal and runny
 

Pasty

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Location
Devon
Sounds like cocci if it's the young ones. Hunched up, eyes half shut. You can use medicated feed but obviously need to keep away from birds for eating etc.
 

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...
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