Limping Guinea Hen

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by farminglady, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. farminglady

    farminglady Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 8, 2013
    Ontario, CANADA
    My birds free range all day and return to their hen house inside the barn each evening.
    One of my 13, 3 month old guinea hens had a very, very slight limp yesterday which has gotten a bit worse today.
    I waited until she was roosting inside the barn tonight and caught her, brought her in the house and inspected her foot with my jewelers loop and found nothing. The foot was not red nor swollen nor was it warm to the touch. I did not see anything wrong that's visible to the naked eye with her legs either.
    To be on the safe side, I soaked her feet in Epsom salts and warm water for 15 minutes, dried them off and put her in a large dog kennel filled with straw back inside the hen house. I am hoping that a few days rest will make her good as new.
    My concern is that since the rest of my chickens, guineas and ducks all leave the hen house to free range every morning and only return at dusk with a couple of very brief "snoops" in the hen house, that they will forget that she is a member of their flock when I release her from the dog kennel in a few days. :(
    I did not find any evidence of bumblefoot....any ideas of what else I should be on the lookout for?
    Their hen house is filled with 6" of sand and they have high perches in there for roosting.
    The guineas do fly up onto my fences, my roof, the barn and my gazebo....I'm assuming she may have a bit of hard landing outside.
    ...poor girl, she's soooo sweet and will be so sad to be in "jail" all by her lonesome. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2013
  2. Hotcookie

    Hotcookie Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2012
    I think I would let her back with the flock tomorrow. I had one a few months ago, with similar problems - the poor thing must have landed wrong on his foot. I was concerned for him, but left him with the flock. It probably took about a month for a full recovery, but he was as good as ever afterwards. It's probably like when humans sprain their ankles.....just have to take it easy for awhile in order for it to heal. Hope all goes well with her!

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