Peachick Limping

What should be done when a peahen is limping?

hiya. i need help on how to look after my 3 peachicks. one was limping and the peahen started to peck at it so, i bought it inside and put it in a cage. after about 10 mins i put it back with its mother but left it in the cage. what shall i do and will the mother kill the peachick?? please answer back, thank you! halima

Hi Halima,
Thanks for visiting and commenting.
I don’t have much experience with peahens but I have read that if a quail is wounded then it is best to isolate the chick or bird until the wound had healed. Isolating the bird will also prevent the other birds from pecking the injured bird. You have obviously witnessed your peahen pecking at your chick. I think that you are right to put it in a cage to isolate it. I think it is also a good idea to keep the cage with the other oeahens so that the mother can see the peahen and is less likely to attack the chick when it is re-introduced.
I would check the limping chick for any injury or wound and treat that with a antiseptic spray.
I have also read that if a quail is being feather pecked then rub some vapour rub on the area to stop the pecking. I don’t know whether this helps but it may stop the mother peahen from pecking the limping chick.
I hope this information is useful.
Let me know how you get on.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends

If you have any experience of raising peachicks then please leave a comment as your advice would be helpful, thanks.

  1. hiya, its me again, halima. thanks 4 the advice, it was very helpful! i also need 2 know if it’s safe to give dog worming tablets to the chicks or if there’s an alternative.MUM says there’s something wrong with it’s legs the other chicks are very active while this one dosent’t move much and just sits in one place. what shall i do. plz giv me sme advice! thank you!

    Comment by halima – August 5, 2008 @ 3:57 pm

  2. Hi Halima,
    I am glad that the information I have given you is useful. It is great to get feedback.
    I am not sure whether it is safe to give dog worming tablets to your peafowl but you can get a wormer called Verm-X which can be added to their water or can also come in pellet form and added to their food.
    With regards to the peachicks legs. Does it have splayed legs and do they need re-aligning with a bandaid. Check out this post about splayed legs in quail. http://www.farmingfriends.com/splayed-legs-in-quail/ Let me know what the legs are like or send me a photo via email of the chick and it’s legs and I will see if I can help further.
    Hope this information helps.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

    Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends – August 5, 2008 @ 5:08 pm