Guinea keet with twisted foot and can’t walk

libarena

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Jul 15, 2018
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Nashville, TN
We got guinea keets this morning and everyone else is doing well except for this one little dude. He can’t stand or walk. His bad leg has his foot completely closed. We are able to stretch it out but he refuses to use it. I tried making a little cast to support him in spreading his toes. He seems pretty alert despite his leg so that gives me hope that he has a chance. He’s also drinking from a dropper but hasn’t eaten. Do any of you have any advice on what I should do to help him? I was thinking of making a sling? I want to give him his best chance.
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R2elk

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We got guinea keets this morning and everyone else is doing well except for this one little dude. He can’t stand or walk. His bad leg has his foot completely closed. We are able to stretch it out but he refuses to use it. I tried making a little cast to support him in spreading his toes. He seems pretty alert despite his leg so that gives me hope that he has a chance. He’s also drinking from a dropper but hasn’t eaten. Do any of you have any advice on what I should do to help him? I was thinking of making a sling? I want to give him his best chance.View attachment 1865234
Cut a piece of tape twice as long as the spread out foot. Spread out the toes and place the sticky side of the tape against the bottom of the toes/foot. Fold the remaining part of the tape over the top of the toes/foot and press together to get the tape to seal and prevent the toes from curling up. Unless the legs are splayed, there is no need for the hobble.

I know you don't want to hear this but I would cull it immediately. This condition may be due to a number of different reasons but one of those reasons is that the tendency to the condition may be inherited. You do not want this keet to grow up and become a part of your breeding stock.
 

libarena

Songster
Jul 15, 2018
98
118
101
Nashville, TN
Cut a piece of tape twice as long as the spread out foot. Spread out the toes and place the sticky side of the tape against the bottom of the toes/foot. Fold the remaining part of the tape over the top of the toes/foot and press together to get the tape to seal and prevent the toes from curling up. Unless the legs are splayed, there is no need for the hobble.

I know you don't want to hear this but I would cull it immediately. This condition may be due to a number of different reasons but one of those reasons is that the tendency to the condition may be inherited. You do not want this keet to grow up and become a part of your breeding stock.
He died overnight so we didn’t have to go through the process of potentially culling him. Thank you for responding!
 
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