Guinea Was Trampled By Other Guineas, Can't Walk

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dangerouschicken, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. dangerouschicken

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    I have a 1 month old Pied guinea that has a foot that bends under. She can't walk at all. I believe she was trampled by the other guineas in their brooder. I hadn't noticed it until today, when I was putting them in an outside pen. I have no idea how long she has had this problem, as guineas are such spazzes when you give them food and water, and I usually just do it quickly so they will calm down. I haven't spent an exceptional amount of time checking their feet, you know?

    So my question is, now that I see she can't walk, should I assume that she never will again? She is really upset that I separated her from the flock, but they sit on her constantly, and I wanted to see if she will be able to regain use of her feet.

    Anyone had this happen to one of their birds? I will cull her if I need to, but I wanted to ask if someone might have a better approach to helping her.
     
  2. dlhunicorn

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    I suppose you could try "casting " it by taking two pieces of strong vet tape and pressing them close to the leg and then with a bit of sperglue (be very careful) run along the edges... you get my drift... DIY stores will have this nifty plaster imfused gauze (used for drywall repairs) that you simply wet... stringthen it up with that...keep separated and see if that helps? [​IMG]
     
  3. dangerouschicken

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    Thanks for that info. My friend is a vet, and I'm going to talk to him. He doesn't know much about birds, but it is worth a try.

    I did read on a guinea site that once their legs go out, it is basically impossible to get them fixed again. They are slippery little speed demons who like to pile up on each other, so the possibility for leg problems is there from the start. I wish I had read that sooner so I could have watched for it!

    Not like I could do anything anyway.

    Poor little baby [​IMG]
     
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  4. dlhunicorn

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    ...yes ...that is why I suggested the casting of it with that infused plaster gauze ... will slow him down..that and keeping it separated to limit its movement (btw the "vet tape" is not the elastic self sticking one ...I should have said a straong medical tape>the sticky kind)
     
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    I will see what my vet friend can do or will say. Thanks so much for the ideas. Now I know what to ask him!
     
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    Update on the guinea: we had to cull her [​IMG]

    My other 5 escaped the run when I was changing their water, of course. I have been able to catch only 2 of them. Wish me luck!
     
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