Causes of guinea fowl loss of coordination

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by estomlin, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. estomlin

    estomlin Hatching

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    We have (had) 16 guineas from JM Hatchery. They are 3 months old and have been doing great. They free range all day and in the evening come home to their pen and some dinner. We live on a 24 acre wooded property in North Carolina, and I don't believe they are traveling beyond our woods at this point. A few days ago, one of the males was just standing off by himself kind of staring into space. He wasn't eating and just didn't seem "right". He seemed a little wobbly and let me pick him up without any fuss at all. I isolated him as I was worried about something infectious, and the other guineas tormenting him. The next morning he couldn't stand. He couldn't eat or drink on his own, and couldn't swallow unless we held his beak closed. His poops were normal (although small). If we put him on his back he could push back with his legs, and he could move his wings and flop around, so he wasn't exactly paralyzed but had no coordination of any of his movements. There was no sign of injury that we could see. After two days of him not improving, and steadily losing weight, despite our efforts to force feed him hummingbird food to get some calories and fluid into him, we sadly euthanized him. So far none of the other guineas or chickens (4 months old) are showing any signs of illness. Has anyone seen anything like this before? I am wondering if maybe he had a stroke. If he had something like Marek's disease would we not have seen other sick birds by now? Any suggestions or advice would be most welcome as this is our first experience with these funny and lovable birds, and are not sure if there was anything we could have done to prevent this.
     
  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller

    did you open him up and take a look at his crop...? he could have eaten something that couldnt be digested...

    deb
     
  3. estomlin

    estomlin Hatching

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    No we didn't think to do that, although it did occur to me that he could have eaten something toxic
     
  4. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller

    one time on my chickens I saw a string sticking out of a beak.... i caught the bird and tried to pull it out.... I pulled a whole string from a bag of feed.... with a bit of compliant.... LOL. So it could be anything. I had guineas too... I usually found one with a string wrapped around a foot.... goof ball. I tried to keep track of them but evey once and a while one would get away from me.

    A bit of plastic or plastic back could block the ability to "chew" in their gizzard...

    Hope someone else chimes in on this.... There are a couple of very knowledgeable guinea owneres here.

    deb

    By the way.... Welcome to BYC :welcome from San Diego
     
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  5. estomlin

    estomlin Hatching

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    Thanks for the great information!
     

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