Guinea walking on bent foot!

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by oliviad51, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    One of my poor guineas somehow hurt his foot. He is constantly walking like shown in the pictures.
    I have tried to wrap the foot several different ways and I also even tried to splint the leg with a stick but unfortunately I have had no luck.

    When I wrap the leg, he usually just drags the whole leg behind him as he walks. The stick mainly just acted as a fake leg but it didn't really help heal it.

    Does anyone have any ideas that I can try? Thanks:)


    Here is a closer image
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    I don't know, have you put neosporin on it under a bandage with the splint? Hope it gets better [​IMG]
  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    Is that due to a somewhat recent injury, or did he grow up like that? Usually fixing toe/foot issues on older Guineas is difficult, especially if they've grown up that way...

    Can you straighten his toes at all? A warm soak, and massaging the toes may help you straighten them.... then I'd make a sturdy flat shoe out of something stiff like rigid plastic or thin wood for the bottom of his foot and use some some really sticky tape (like white fabric medical tape)... tape his toes down flat to the shoe, all spread out (exactly the way they should be when he's standing normally, flat footed). It will take a little finesse to get the toes taped well enough without making the whole thing too bulky, you want him to still be able to bend at the ankle joint and set the foot down flat. I'd cage him for a while so he can't drag the foot around, and see how he does. This won't be a quick fix, he'll need to wear it quite a while, probably a few weeks and you may have to replace it every few days.The key is keeping those toes straight for as long as possible tho. He should be getting a diet of no less than 16% protein (like a layer feed) to rule out any nutritional deficiencies. Poultry vitamins in his water might be a good idea too.

    Good luck with him.
  4. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    Thanks! I will try that today!
    This recently happened- fortunately, he did not grow up like this.

    But I will definitely try that and I will let you know what happens. :)
  5. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a guinea that had this same problem...

    I agree with what Peeps said and I also made a 'boot' for him to wear.
    I used 'Scotch mounting squares' bending two connected squares so it would
    not bend can bend it one way and it is real flexible but if you bend
    it the other way it is very stiff...that is the side that needs to go against his foot..
    .I taped his toes with a bandaid, using only the sticky part
    and some of the sticky adhered to the bottom inside of the boot...then I used
    that sticky wrap stuff to make his leg stay in place to the upper back of the 'boot'..
    and continued the wraping(cut to fit) from the upper leg to across his toes..
    this helped make it so he can't slip out of his boot....

    this made it so he could not drag his foot and made him use it...just like a persons cast.
    you would never know my little guy had a hurt foot either....

    hope all this made sense and you understand what I and meaning to say...

    good luck!

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