Baby Guinea Emergency!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KissMeYouAnimal, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. KissMeYouAnimal

    KissMeYouAnimal Hatching

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    I have a small flock of Guinea Fowl along with my chickens and a while ago a male and a female guinea went missing... Well today I found out what they'd been up to. I woke up to see a group of 9 baby guineas (keets?) stumbling behind their mother. We have a outdoor cat and dog so I knew the keets wouldn't survive long on their own so I caught them all and put them in my home-made chick brooder (which I have used many times before)
    After getting the baby guineas settled in with water and food I went out and found the nest in the woods. There are about 10 more eggs which are hatching right now out there and the mother won't let me near the nest so I'm just waiting and watching for those ones to hatch so I can go get them and bring them inside with the others.

    Anyway, my main problem is that the keets I caught haven't even touched their food or water and I don't know how to make them eat. They seem to be pretty healthy and happy, running around under the heat lamp and peeping rather loudly but they won't drink or eat. A few of them have investigated the food but haven't tried it yet and it looks to me like the crumbles are too large for them to even try to eat. Is there some sort of special food I need to get or something? They won't touch the normal chick food.
    I dipped all of their beaks in the water (which I mixed quick chick in with as well) but that is the only time they drank any. They won't touch it unless I force them to. How can I get them to drink?
    Now I'm wondering if I should have just left them out there to fend for themselves against the barn cat. What should I do?!
     
  2. Peeps4me

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    Have you sprinkled the food on paper towels so they will be curious and peck at it?
     
  3. KissMeYouAnimal

    KissMeYouAnimal Hatching

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    I haven't tried that yet, I will try it now... Thank you!!!! :)
     
  4. Amb3r

    Amb3r Chirping

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    They normally do not eat for 2 days!! No problem, they are nourished by the egg yolk to last for 2 days without food. The German people did that to human children, so you get the point right!? Sounds like you are up to a big adventure with all these pleasant surprises, have fun!! ^^
     
  5. KissMeYouAnimal

    KissMeYouAnimal Hatching

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    Thank you!!! :)
     

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