Dead Guinea, I thought

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Buckaroo, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    Milton Florida
    I have some guineas that I hatched and have been keeping on the back porch for about a month now. They keep getting out and messing up my porch, so yesterday I decided to take the two older ones and put them in the pen with the adult guineas. 3 younger ones would not shut up, so I took them and put them in the pen also.
    Well this morning I went to check on them, one dead, and two in bad shap from the cold. (48 low) I grab the two, and for some reason stopped and grabbed the dead one. As I picked up the dead one, it wasn't stiff, but lifeless. I took them to the brooder and put the light on them. My daughter calls me later at work and says I have a dead quinea, I said I know, just leave him under the light.

    I called home at 11:30, asked my wife whom just got home and having no clue as to what happened. I ask, how are the guineas, she says they are fine and are eating, she just fed them. She never said anything about a dead guinea, so I asked, all of them? She says the three in the brooder, ok wait a minute, are you sure?

    Sure enough, I get home, and all are fine. Why did I have this strange urge to grab that dead bird, then lay it under the light??? It was just weird as I was running late for work, and grabbing a dead bird could wait till I got home, but instead went back and got this bird, then placing a dead bird under the light, its all to weird, but hey, it worked out for the best. I have them back in the brooder tonight.
  2. BeakSanctuary

    BeakSanctuary Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    That's a very happy ending! Thank goodness you gathered them all up, eh? It made all the difference.
  3. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    This is so strange. God was whispering in your ear, apparently.
  4. Capt. Crusoe

    Capt. Crusoe In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2007
    McHenry County, IL
    GREAT TIMING, THINKING, INTERVENTION AND ENDING! Now I am wondering; how many of us at BYC are thinking if they tossed a dead bird or not when it was actually hypothermic? Thank for sharing! I will keep the info in my memory banks. [​IMG]
  5. skand

    skand Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Odessa, Tx
    It's kind of like watching that goldfish going down the toilet, for that split second you hit the flusher, you think,,, is it fighting the current or going down?
    Good job on grabbing it. Who knows what you were thinking, but be glad you really didn't give it much thought and just went with it.
  6. Maybe you heard the EMT saying -

    You're not dead until you're warm and dead.

    People who have almost frozen to death can have such a weak heartbeat that it can't be heard... So 'ya gotta carefully warm 'em up and find out if they are really dead or not.

    [​IMG] TMI?​
  7. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    A gut feeling told you to grab that bird and you listened!
    [​IMG] Job!
  8. Ivagrovegirl

    Ivagrovegirl In the Brooder

    Dec 1, 2007
    That is really strange. I never would have put a dead bird under a brooder light. So cool that you did that and it worked.

  9. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    I feel like a real sap, but gosh, that just about moved me to tears.
    Bless you! [​IMG]
  10. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Cranbrook, BC, Canada
    Everytime I find a seemingly dead bird I check if its in rigour or not, if its not I open 1 eye and touch it, even with hypothermic birds they usually try to close the see-through eye-lid they have(can't think of the proper term right now). If I get a reaction they go straight under a heatlamp and usually turn out just fine.

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