HELP...Bush hogging cuts guinea and reveals nest

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by critters, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    ok...end of season bush hogging scares out guinea that was
    sitting on a welll hidden nest. They came and told me about the
    guinea so I was able to go and get her and begin doctoring on her.
    Went back and discovered 12 in tack eggs and 2 broke open ones.
    Their insides showed the large dark spot and what looked like
    intestines....can anyone tell me at about what stage/day time
    period this could be for the guinea eggs??
    The momma is inside in a hospital 'tote'....I put the eggs under this ok/good or should they be in the incubator (plugged it
    back up in case you say in bator) ??
    Think momma may have a broke leg with the other just cut
    and a cut under a wing that does not appear deep....the worst
    being the 'assumed broke' leg...
    PeepCA and all others....please give your advise ASAP...
  2. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would probably move to incubator to give proper care to the injured girl.

    That is what I would do, no right answer, but if you need to splint the leg she probably would not set well on the eggs. unless you have a broody hen.

  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    I'd be more concerned about the Hen than the keets this late in the season. But if you really want/need keets from those eggs then I'd go ahead and put the eggs in the incubator, not under the distressed injured Hen that probably can't even get up to poop (and keep in mind that you will be dealing with raising the keets if they hatch, not the Hen... and plus cold temps are on their way). Otherwise I'd just freeze the eggs and then throw them away. I'm guessing the eggs might be a couple weeks along, if that, so there's quite a bit of time left for an injured Hen to sit on them (if she doesn't scatter them around in her hospital tote instead of sitting on them). If she does in fact have a broken leg, and if it's possible then she'll need her leg splinted, or at least wrapped/supported with vetwrap. It probably won't heal without some kind of support/splinting. Depending on the location of the break, and how well she babies herself she may or may not heal... but she will need to be confined for quite a while so she at least has the chance to. If she's not showing any symptoms of shock then you can give her 1/2 a baby aspirin (or the equivalent dose in liquid form) for pain every 8 hrs if you think she needs it.

    I'd wash her cuts with a diluted hydrogen peroxide water solution
    (50/50), then put some plain neosporin (without pain relief) on her cuts... after the eggs are removed (don't get neosporin on the eggs if you are going to incubate them).
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012
  4. quadchick77

    quadchick77 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2012
    Tecumseh, Kansas
    OHH poor baby! Doctor that hen and incubate those eggs , Last thing you want is for her to have the added stress of trying to warm and roll eggs!
  5. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
    i hope she heals up ok, perosnaly, i'd put the eggs in the incubator.
  6. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks guys for your input!!

    she doesn't seem very stressed at all....glad for that....but the one leg has a nasty break....
    appears as a clean cut all the way thru at the 'knee' joint area...this really concerns me....
    she is alert and eating/drinking well which is good but the leg is a big worry...thinking
    she may lose the lower half of her leg if the break doesn't heal right, in which she will
    become a 'pen guinea' and not free range any more if she can adapt....?????
    it might be better for me to just put her down but she doesn't seem to be in pain even
    tho I'm sure she must be....

    I have put the eggs in the bator as a second nest was uncovered and I just couldn't
    toss out so many eggs.....I am set up so the babies could stay inside over the winter
    if need be.....
  7. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    youtube one legged chicken

    Don't give up unless she is suffering.

  8. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    that was so sweet....
    she still seems good and not in pain....thanks for the encouragement !
  9. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    I have a free range Hen that had a horribly broken leg, right at the ankle joint (shattered bone, tendons showing, major blood loss... in a really bad place to try and splint). I have no idea what she did/how she did it, there were no visible injuries other than the break itself. There was not much holding her foot on and I figured she'd lose it, or end up with a nasty bone infection that could kill her. After I chased a bleeding, hopping, foot flopping Hen around for about 45 minutes before I could finally catch her I rinsed, medicated and splinted her break/foot (a good coat of Blu-Kote and used cotton padding, popsicle sticks and vetwrap) and then caged her for 6 wks with a heat lamp to keep her comfy. I changed the splint every couple of weeks, expecting to see a dead rotting foot each time, but it apparently still had adequate blood flow. I fed her a high protein layer feed, added vitamins and electrolytes to her water and gave her lots of fruits and veggies/greens the entire time. The break/foot wasn't infected so I did not give her any antibiotics. After the 6th wk I removed it but still braced it with just cotton and vetwrap for support, and kept her in the cage... she broke it again fussing and wanting out of the cage. So I re-splinted and gave her another 8 wks of being splinted and caged. This time it worked, altho far from perfect... the break/joint completely fused, so she cannot bend her ankle, but she uses the leg fine (has a major glitch in her giddy up tho). She is back out free ranging with the rest of the flock eating well, roosting fine etc, business as usual... that was 6 months ago. She was one of the Alpha Hens, and still holds that position.

    Guinea Hens are pretty tough... so don't give up on your Hen.
  10. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks Peeps! I won't give up!
    she seems fine being indoors, just hope I can do as good a job with her
    as you did with your hen...changed bandages yesterday and she didn't
    fuss too bad, some swelling still but I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

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