Injured Guinea Fowl - teenager - possible pelvic break

TraceySharonC

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PLEASE HELP!
Good morning all,
New to this site and also no real knowledge of trying to help my rescued guinea fowl so bare with me.

On Thursday last week I saw one of my free roaming guinea fowl lying on its side. This was at a distance and figured it had succumed to our current drought. A couple of moments later I saw it moving but unable to walk.

Of course I rescued the guinea and have been feeding it since. I am keeping it in a box covered with a blanket allowing it to rest. Feeding it every couple of hours. He has movement in his legs but whenever it tries to stand up and move, it falls over to one side. His feet are still warm and there seems to be no breaks in either of the legs. He is eating well and is very alert. This morning he tried to get away from me but I am worried if he moves around too much, he will injure himself more.

His poo has been a mixture of white and brown, solid, but since yesterday his poo has started becoming more loose.

All in all he is feeding well. But I need your help please. I do not know if what I am doing is helping or if there is anything more I could be doing. Can a guinea fowl survive this and if so, how long does it take.
 

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Tiana's chickens

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Hi welcome to BYC!
Such a pretty bird, looks like just a youngster.
If the pelvis is just fractured it should heal itself in 8 weeks or so. I'm not sure if much can be done for a broken pelvis. Usually when cats have broken their pelvis and are too old for surgery, the vet will leave it and just send the cat home with pain killers.
If you take the guinea fowl to the vet they probably won't charge you if you just explain what's happened, they will hopefully give you some painkillers for her.
All I can suggest is to keep her warm and in a quiet room of the house with unlimited food and water and just let her rest up. Eventually when the break is healed you could start doing physiotherapy with the legs to help her start walking again
 

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Oh it's your guinea fowl, sorry I forgot that part. If you take him to the vet then they will charge you with the bill then. Sorry my bad
 

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I just realised they don't actually have proper pelvis' the way cats, dogs, humans etc do lol, I'm still learning too.
Here maybe this will help with determining where the break is

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