Help for injured guinea

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Sfraker, Dec 1, 2014.

  1. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On Thanksgiving morning one of our Guineas flew into the side of our house. I was in the room that she hit. I honestly thought I heard a gunshot. When I looked out my window I saw her flopping on the ground. I ran outside and found that there was a dent in our aluminum siding and some of the paint on her beak, that is how hard she hit!
    She was now laying still but breathing and blinking. I gently picked her up and she lifted her head up and looked around a little. Based on that I assumed her neck was not broken. We put her in a straw lined dog crate and checked on her every hour or so. Within the first hour she was sitting upright like a guinea should. She slowly perked up and got better over the course of 24 hours. I checked her pupils at each check and they were always dilated evenly and about the same size as the other guineas.

    Currently she moves strangely, she does not use her neck when she walks. She holds her head tight in a position you would see when they are laying down or roosting. I have seen her looking up, left and right. However I have yet to see her pecking at the ground. Additionally she staggers sideways every once in a while. She only tries to fly when scared and now flies poorly. Her wings seem to be fine, no breaks that I can detect. It seems to be more a coordination issue. She isn’t even roosting at night.

    The guineas free range on my property as their job is to manage the bugs that eat our fruit trees, vegetables and berries. (We produce a large chunk of our own food) I have her in with my ducks right now as their pen is fully enclosed. Each night I have been putting her in a coop for an hour or so without the ducks and putting food in a raised feeder, otherwise the ducks do not let her get any food, they are piggies.

    I have yet to see her eat or drink. I try to stay out of sight and just watch out of the corner of my eye as I know she is scared of me. All she does is walks over to the food and looks at it.

    My thoughts are that she sprained her neck. Is that possible? Is it something else? When I hold her she seems ok with me moving her neck around. I do not feel and lumps, bumps or anything out of place when I feel her cervical spine.

    Do you have any suggestions on supporting her? Or helping her to heal?
     
  2. BarbaraNH

    BarbaraNH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's possible she could have a fracture in either her neck or anywhere in her skull, or possibly some swelling in her brain that is making her dizzy. She could also be in some pain. I don't think a neck sprain is out of the question either. She needs to drink. I wouldn't worry about her eating just yet. How about trying some watermelon or other fruit that is juicy? Will she eat anything like that? Fractures heal very quickly in birds, but I would worry about any swelling. I would try to keep her quiet and warm until she acts better and starts to eat.
     
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  3. mommaguinea

    mommaguinea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Maybe concussed? I think all you are doing is what is best- I like the melon idea- if she eat that she will get some nutrition and fluids. Give her time.
     
  4. Sfraker

    Sfraker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also reached out to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue as they are right down the road from me. They said that generally when a bird flies into something they get a compression fracture. It will take 6-8 weeks to heal.
    I put her in an extra large dog crate inside the coop with a raised feeder and water. The food is moved around so I believe she is eating but it doesn't look like much. I'll get some melon, white millet and meal worms this weekend for her.

    Thank you for the help!!!
     

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