Help -- Keet with twisted legs/feet

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by gguineasfamily, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. gguineasfamily

    gguineasfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 7 week old keet is still walking on his 'knees' after injuring him legs at 11 days old. I think they are just about healed but his feet are twisted to either side. I tried taping his legs to a short stick 'roosting bar' with band aids but he wriggled free quite easily. Any ideas on what to do? Thanks.
     
  2. KrisH

    KrisH Chillin' With My Peeps

    If it has been almost 6 weeks there is probably little you can do without prety extreme measures like breaking the bones in the feet or dislocating joints and I cannot imagine doin that to him.

    But he will probably learn to acclimate to his handicap. we have had a couple of roosters that walk on their wrist due to twisted feet (hatch defects that we were unable to fix) They get along just fine and from the distance you would not know that they have a problem.

    just my 2 cents worth

    Hopefully PeepsCA will have better ideas!


    RobertH
     
  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry no, I don't have any suggestions on how to fix that kind of issue, at that age. I'll go ahead and post my thoughts on this tho...

    Correcting issues with the feet and legs is very difficult, if not impossible to fix/correct if not done when the keets are very young. At 7 wks old the bones, joints and cartilage are already all well developed, not soft and somewhat still flexible like a young keet's are. Without seeing pics of exactly how the feet on your keet look or seeing how it is walking... it sounds to me like this may be a permanent deformity that the keet may or may not be able to live fine with.

    Keep in mind that as the keet matures it may be in considerable pain and possibly have open sores or abrasions develop on it's feet from not being able to walk correctly. And obviously that will cause the bird problems with keeping up with the rest of the flock very well... so the rest of the flock most likely will see that bird as the weak link, and a threat to the flocks' safety. Typically a flock will pick on /chase off, not let the weak link eat/drink as much as it needs to, exclude it from being part of the flock etc. The birds that can't keep up or aren't allowed to be part of the flock are usually the first to be taken by predators. When Guineas are in pain or have some sort of deformity or disability it more often than not results in failure to thrive/stunted growth/lack of heartiness of the effected bird. If the bird is in pain, suffering and/or miserable and not thriving like the rest of the flock is I'd put it down. If it's doing fine in the flock then watch it and see how it does within the flock as everybody matures... but prepare yourself for that bird to be taken by a predator and for the fact that you will need to put the bird down if it's not doing well/is in pain.

    And one last thought... I'm not sure what the injuries were to cause the keet to hock walk at 11 days old, but if it just happened all of a sudden in the brooder one day and you weren't there to witness what caused it... it could be a genetic issue you wouldn't want to pass on to more offspring.
     
  4. gguineasfamily

    gguineasfamily Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He's doing not too bad and he isn't in pain. He doesn't keep up with the others too well but I don't think he minds being on his own for a while. We're getting a Silkie young hen to keep him company soon so hopefully he'll like that.
     

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