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What do you think happened to this Guinea Fowl

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We have Chickens and Guinea Fowl that live in the same coop together.  Each day they are let out to roam around our property and two days ago at dusk when we put them away for the night we were short one Guinea.  We found her on the ground on her back it had been wet and rainy so she was wet and muddy.  We put her into a cage and took her into the house.  Due to extenuating circumstances she didn't get as much attention yesterday as I would have liked and today we notice what appears to be a lot of abrasions or small cuts all over her head and face, with her right eye sealed shut.  We put some triple antibiotic on her head but I'd like to know what folks here think.

 

 

 

 

Was she attacked?  We have Raccoons, Bob cats, coyotes ect.  Or do you think she was picked on by the other flock members or perhaps it is some sort of disease?

Thanks,

Rob

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We have Chickens and Guinea Fowl that live in the same coop together.  Each day they are let out to roam around our property and two days ago at dusk when we put them away for the night we were short one Guinea.  We found her on the ground on her back it had been wet and rainy so she was wet and muddy.  We put her into a cage and took her into the house.  Due to extenuating circumstances she didn't get as much attention yesterday as I would have liked and today we notice what appears to be a lot of abrasions or small cuts all over her head and face, with her right eye sealed shut.  We put some triple antibiotic on her head but I'd like to know what folks here think.

 

 

 

 

Was she attacked?  We have Raccoons, Bob cats, coyotes etc.  Or do you think she was picked on by the other flock members or perhaps it is some sort of disease?

Thanks,

Rob


This is just my opinion but it looks like it was picked on by other guineas.  In the spring when my guineas get to sorting things out for breeding season it starts as feather pulling and can end up in vicious fights with the losers looking very similar with peck marks all over their heads.  The losers tend to get severe depression for at least a week.

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It looks like she's been picked on by your other birds. Doesn't look like disease to me. Good thinking for the triple antibiotic & hopefully she'll make a full recovery

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The continuing story.....   She heald up pretty good so we put her back with her friends.  We watched her for a bit and all seemed ok.   And actually she did fine for a little longer than one full day when one or more of her fellow Guineas beat her up again pretty badly.  So she is back in the little cage in the house recovering again.  So now the question is, assuming that she recovers again, and it looks like she is working on it, what do I do to prevent them from beating up on her so badly.  Anyone have any good ideas?

 

Thanks,

Rob

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The continuing story.....   She healed up pretty good so we put her back with her friends.  We watched her for a bit and all seemed ok.   And actually she did fine for a little longer than one full day when one or more of her fellow Guineas beat her up again pretty badly.  So she is back in the little cage in the house recovering again.  So now the question is, assuming that she recovers again, and it looks like she is working on it, what do I do to prevent them from beating up on her so badly.  Anyone have any good ideas?

 

Thanks,

Rob


It might be best to use a larger cage and put one of the other guineas in with it.  The longer it stays separated from the other guineas the less likely it will ever be truly accepted.

Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

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Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

My photo album

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It might be best to use a larger cage and put one of the other guineas in with it.  The longer it stays separated from the other guineas the less likely it will ever be truly accepted.


I know it's not good to separate them for acceptance reasons.  However that's a good idea on using a larger cage so she can have buddy from the flock. thanks

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