my guinea chick died!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by marymac, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. marymac

    marymac Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    Northeast Ohio
    I'm just starting out and have never raised guineas before. My chick was fine , then it started to sulk and sit around puffy. It ate and drank a little. When I separated him he seemed to get more active and chirped . This lasted about 2 days. I put him back with the other chicks and he sulked and puffed up again. So I separated him again. One the next day he was dead. I can't figure this out. We have a water softener, is there any way this is what could have killed it.? Maybe I need to give them bottled water?They are probably about 4-5 wk old.
  2. Kessidy

    Kessidy Songster

    May 13, 2008
    I am not sure, but I am sorry your chick died.
  3. dixiechick

    dixiechick Songster


    so sorry for your lost chick...not sure about guineas....I am sure the guinea experts have good ideas.....
  4. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Was he pooping? Eating and drinking?
  5. marymac

    marymac Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    Northeast Ohio
    Yea he was eating and drinking but not much. He pooped but at first it looked dark green then later small hard looking drops. My other 3 guineas seem fine so far.
  6. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Most everyone in this area has a water softener. If it was a big problem you'd hear about chickens and livestock dropping dead all over. Plus if the others are doing fine I wouldn't think it would be something they were all eating or drinking.

    I did give bottled water to my chicks but that's because my well water is nasty. It comes out of the tap yellow sometimes. I use bottled for pretty much everything.
  7. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    It could have been the water softener... If it's one that uses salt, I would change to bottled water right away. The excess sodium could easily overwhelm a little chick.

  8. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Sorry about your guinea chick, Marymac. That's too bad. I don't know if it was the water softener. Doesn't sound like it, though, given that the others are o.k.. [​IMG]

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