My Rescued chick (guinea fowl???) isnt growing! please help me!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ZooGirl, May 9, 2008.

  1. ZooGirl

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    Hey Guys...I googled to get some advice on raising chickens and didnt find much except this site, so please help.

    I was given a rescued chick from a zoo I work at, to raise and release. It's been nearly 2 months and he's only about doubled in size. Somehow i dont think this is right...... He gets light all day, and sun about 2 or 3 times a week and he's fed a product called chick chick (thats what the vet told me to feed him)

    Does anyone know why he's not growing? what am i doing wrong? its breaking my heart! [​IMG]

    Some of my friends suggested he may be a guinea fowl, does anyone know if maybe guinea fowls grow slowly???

    Many thanks!

    Cait
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Guineas do grow relatively slow but if it were a guinea you would know it (I think) because they don't look like chickens.

    Does yours bird look like this?

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    If so it is a guinea.

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  3. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    please post a photo of this bird as without it to identify the type of bird we will be unable to help you further really. In order to post a photo here you must first host it through an online photohoster like photobucket... you can register for a free account> then you upload the photo to your photobucket account then copy and paste the last URL underneath the uploaded photo here in your reply.
     
  4. ZooGirl

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Here she is on the day I got her

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    Here she is now, about 2 months!!!! later.


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    When they're very young guinea fowl look a lot like chickens, apparently. She has just started getting some peoper feathers and they do look grey.

    So what is she? I dont know what to do [​IMG] i did everything I was told! I'm not a bird person.
     
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  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    I will allow members more knowledgeable to help you identify the breed...here is a good article on raising guinea fowl if it indeed turns out to be what it is:
    http://gallus.tamu.edu/Publications.htm
    (Scroll down to the link to the PDF article link RAISING GUINEA FOWL L-519 under the section Poultry Production and Management )
     
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  6. lengel

    lengel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your chick doesn't look like any guinea fowl I've raised. Guinea fowl keet bodies don't grow in proportion to their heads. By that I mean that their bodies get huge, long and "back heavy" while their heads seem tiny by comparison to a chick.

    It is a bit scary that your chick isn't growing though.
     
  7. Josie

    Josie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it possible it might be a bantam chicken?
     
  8. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    I also wonder if it might be a bantam.
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have to agree. With the photo posted that is not a guinea. It is a chicken. If it is tiny it could be a runt or a bantam.
     
  10. Bluedog420

    Bluedog420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it look's like a millie chick to me:)
     

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