Cayenne Pepper treatment for blackhead disease in poultry
Peahen and Chick
Over the years I've lost several peafowl to blackhead disease. Blackhead is a protozoa that attacks the liver and is usually fatal to turkeys and peafowl if it takes hold though chickens seem immune they can be carriers. There is no cure. My vet said we could try antibiotics but it would do no good.
Within the past week I've lost one peachick to the disease and today I noticed another is ill. I thought I'd do research one more time and ran across a chicken forum where people have had success using cayenne pepper to cure blackhead disease! (you can read it here...http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/134230/hope-this-saves-a-turkey-from-blackhead)
So I was able to get my peahen with her five chicks locked up and treated both the feed and water with cayenne. I've also treated the feed for the rest of my flock. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I'll let you know how it goes!
PS: I used a lot of cayenne as recommended!