Guinea fowl walking head close to body

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Littleflock1, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. Littleflock1

    Littleflock1 In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    One of our guinea fowls is walking with her head close to her body. Otherwise she seems just fine - she is eating and drinking normally. However, it seems that she could have a deadly disease (https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/guinea-fowl-dying.961802/).
    So what kind of disease could it be? Is it contagious to chickens? Could there be another reason why she is walking like this?
    Thank you (English is not my first language)
     
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  2. guineapeeps

    guineapeeps Crowing

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    Where do you live? What kind of environment are they in and what are you feeding them? Can you get a picture or a video of your guineas and post it on here so we can get a better idea of what you are describing? Perhaps @R2elk could could chime in on here and give his opinion too, as he is very knowledgeable about guineas.
     
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  3. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    Guineas are more susceptible to getting diseases from chickens than chickens would be to getting diseases from guineas.

    It is entirely possible that your guinea does not have a disease but just isn't feeling well or has some other type of problem.

    There just isn't enough information in your post or in the thread that you linked to, to be able to make any kind of diagnosis.
     
  4. Nathaliexx

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    Hi, i’ve had 8 guinea fowls (now i have 4 left, because the neighbours didn’t um ‘like’ their sounds).
    Anyways, i’ve seen mine do that too, not very often tho, but most of the time it seems like they do it when they’re a bit cold?
    I’m not sure, also because guinea fowls can stand cold weather (but doesn’t say they can’t get cold, right?).
    Ofcourse i can’t say i’m absolutely sure about this, only saying because i’ve seen mine do that too.

    I haven’t seen them doing it lately, but the weather is better over here now (The Netherlands), so maybe the warmth of the sun makes mine feel better (like it does with me?)
     
  5. Littleflock1

    Littleflock1 In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    Thank you for your replies. I live in northern Europe (Estonia) and indeed we have had some rainy and rather chilly days lately. Right now I can´t take any pictures as I am in town, but I will probably tomorrow or after tomorrow if the situation should remain the same.
    They have been eating mostly chicks starter feed (we have a mother hen with 3 chicks), but we let them free range too.
     
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  6. Nathaliexx

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    I also gave mine chicks starter feed at the start, now (they’re about 9/10 months) they love to eat ‘crumble’ for showbirds, but they also eat the chicken food and grass. We let them free range in our backyard.
    Maybe you can try and make a video later?
     
  7. Littleflock1

    Littleflock1 In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    She is doing much better already, so it must have been the cold. Here are a few pictures anyway:
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  8. Unicornlife3316

    Unicornlife3316 Songster

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    What do you feed them? Chicken feed doesn’t have enough of the correct vitamins for them. I would try to get some gamebird feed or a flock feed with higher protein.
     
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  9. Nathaliexx

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    I also give mine mealworms, they love it :)
     
  10. R2elk

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    Be careful giving mealworms to any poultry. They are 50% protein and if given in too much quantity, they can cause kidney problems. All items considered treats should not exceed a total of more than 10% of all of the feed given.
     
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