Guinea keet breathing hard

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by lilchik, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. lilchik

    lilchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came home from work this morning to find one of my 2 day old Guinea keets sitting directly under the heat lamp, the others were all scattered about the brooder. At first I thought it may have overheated itself and was to weak to move. I picked it up and it was breathing hard and raspy, definately something respiratory wrong. I gave it a drink of water and place it back down near the heat lamp. It is hold its beak up in the air to breath. I am totally new to keets and am not sure what to do for it. Could it just be a single weak or ill keet or do I need to worry about the rest of the keets too. When I brought the keets home thursday evening the was 1 keet that seem to sleep alot and not be running around with the rest of them. I got 15 keets total. Some were 1-2 days old and the others were 1 week old.

    Any suggestions?[​IMG]
     
  2. lilchik

    lilchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Help???
     
  3. froggie71

    froggie71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could just be the 1 keet. I'd seperate it from the others just in case. I've had some that seemed fine, but didn't make it a few days after hatching. I think it is nature that not all survive. Not really sure what you can do if it is respiratory. Maybe try perking it up with some electrolytes or even just sugar water. Other than that if others show any symptoms you may have a problem. Antibiotics may be needed, but for such a young one I really don't know dosages or anything.
    Good luck. Keep us posted.
     
  4. lilchik

    lilchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The keet died a little bit ago. I think it was just weak. The rest of the keets loog great, strong, running around the brooder, eating and drinking. Hopefully it was just one weak keet and the rest will be okay.
     
  5. froggie71

    froggie71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
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    Quote:Sorry you lost the keet [​IMG] Hopefully it was just that 1. Glad to hear the others look fine.
     
  6. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel like a broken record asking this every time people post about keet problems or dying keets [​IMG] but do you have them on shavings? Young keets can and usually do eat the shavings and can get impacted from them... and die.
     
  7. lilchik

    lilchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. they are in a large brooder with a wooden floor. No shavings.
     
  8. lilchik

    lilchik Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All my keets looked great this morning when I got home from work. Look healthy and spunky. [​IMG]
     

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