Guinea (well, a keet) with curled toes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kaslyria, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Kaslyria

    Kaslyria Hatching

    Oct 29, 2010
    I know this has been discussed before, and I have gone through all the pages I can find about it, but the solutions there are not working. We had a very late hatcher in our guinea egg incubation. He was also in a smaller shell than most of the others. He seems healthy and strong, but his feet are terribly curled up, and he just kinda fumbles around. I've yet to see him eat or drink (so we are helping him drink manually every so often). We attempted a shoe with a piece of cardboard and a band-aid to hold it on, but he managed to curl his toes up under the band-aid. We figured it wasn't sticky enough, so we opted to try some white surgical tape (like the kind you use to tape down gauze). They were sticky, but somehow he manages to scrunch and open them up. We are now trying just two sides of a band-aid on his foot with no cardboard, and are hoping it works, but in case it doesn't, I was hoping to have some back up ideas. Oh, and we also did use half a band-aid to splint his legs together to keep them from splaying (which was a problem the other day with one of our earlier hatches, and the splint worked beautifully).

    This is my first time with guineas, or any fowl for that matter. I'm feeling a bit out of my comfort zone. So far, I've been running mostly on instincts, and it's worked. We even saved two guineas from half hatched shells (even though we were told over and over NOT to). Any advice or new tricks to try for this, would be very helpful. His toes are just curled straight up into balls.

  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    How is Curly doing?

    Maybe toothpicks taped to the bottom of his toes? Yeah [​IMG] that will be easy to do [​IMG]

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