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