Help, they are dieing.

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by fgdiii, May 28, 2010.

  1. fgdiii

    fgdiii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I received thirty guineas by mail and picked them up at 7:30 am the day they arrived at the post office. They are dieing like flys. I have put vinegar and now sugar in their water. Any other suggestions. I have had no problems with the ones that I have incubated myself. The temp is 95 to 100 at the source with plenty of room to get out of the heat if needed. No drafts.
     
  2. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they now? They really only need the sugar boost on day one.

    95 to 100 sounds high--- if it's the same as chickens, 90 will do. What's the temp at the "cool" end of the brooder?

    What are you feeding them?

    Where did you get the guineas from? A breeder or hatchery? Call them for advice asap while you're waiting for more advice from here-- if they've had diseases in the hatchery, they may be getting more calls like yours and can advise you.

    How many have died?
     
  3. fgdiii

    fgdiii Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are 3 days old and I got them yesterday morning. They all looked very healthy but I found 1 dead this morning and watched 2 more die by 9am. I am feeding them game bird baby food high protein and received them from Stromberg. 3 out of 31 have died so far
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Guineas don't ship as well as chicks. 95-100 is just fine so long as the brooder has space to get away from the light. I start my chicks at that temp in the center of the light or they usually complain. It's doubtful this is the result of anything you are doing wrong. You should call the hatchery and let them know what's going on. They usually will refund your money or ship out another batch if you lose lots of them.
     
  5. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like a product of shipping! They probablly got chilled and I will bet the rest should bo ok. I have never lost a keet that made it from the incubator to the brooder. I have never had shipped keets. Just keep them warn, dry with food and fresh water.
     
  6. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep up what you're doing, call the hatchery. They will likely refund you. But call now, don't wait, so they hear from you early that you are having troubles- and they should be able to take care of the losses. You're doing the right things, just keep it up.


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