Guinea Hen with Spasms and Shaking

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shooflydesign, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. shooflydesign

    shooflydesign In the Brooder

    Jun 9, 2011
    I have a 2 year old guinea hen who I found in the yard last night while locking up. His head is shaking and he is unsteady on his feet. I got some water down his throat last night and honestly thought he wouldn't make it through the night, but he is still here. He is not eating or drinking on his own and he is absolutely TERRIFIED when I handle him so I have been keeping that to a minimum.

    Does anyone have any ideas?? Do guineas get Mareck's? I have always found them to be such hardy birds so I am baffled by his illness. Nothing has changed in his environment and no one else in the flock is sick. I am really hoping for the best but mostly am not sure as to whether to leave him on his own in the dark and quiet of sick-bay, or to try to administer electrolytes, water, etc, to see if he improves. Its a tough decision to make since he stresses so badly when handled.

    Anyone ever have any experience with this?? His head trembles and he looks sky-ward at times. Its as though he has a neurological problem.
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    I know absolutely nothing about guineas, but it does sound like wry neck and a neurological problem. Vitamins especially B's and vitamin E are important along with electrolytes. Since he is high strung, just putting them into his cage and keeping his isolated would be best. Hopefully more guinea people are reading this. Here is a link for wry neck and vitamins:

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