One year in . . .

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Msufficient, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. Msufficient

    Msufficient New Egg

    Mar 4, 2016
    Below the Mason-Dixon, NJ
    Hi everyone! Greetings from NJ! I've been raising chickens for almost a year and it's made me the happiest I've ever been. I never gave much thought to posting until this morning. I know this should go into the behavior thread, but I guess this initial posting makes it a "one stone" kind of thing, so here goes. Aside from the chickens, we also have a helmeted guinea. The problem is, the rooster severely damaged his eye last night. The guinea generally lets himself out of the pen in the mornings and he didn't today so I knew something was up. I need the rooster, but am VERY attached to my Wheet-wheet (guinea's name). Not quite sure if the eye is lost, but the lids are swollen shut. He's usually a very gregarious and sweet bird, who can sometimes be a bully, now he's just, meh. Anyone have any ideas about how to help him? Or keep them both peacefully? Also if anyone has a guinea hen that needs a home, I think he needs a companion of his own.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Guinea fowl can bully and harass chickens - particularly this time of year when hormones are high. The rooster was probably just protecting his hens. That's his job. Try applying some ophthalmic ointment or drops to the guinea and house him separately if possible.
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear your Guinea got injured. Sourland has left you some good advice. Fingers crossed he heals ok and you can find a friend for him. I'm sure that would make him very happy.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Obviously he and your rooster need to be separated. I hope his eye hasn't been badly affected.
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  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - you have some great advice already so I'll just say hello!

    All the best
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  6. Msufficient

    Msufficient New Egg

    Mar 4, 2016
    Below the Mason-Dixon, NJ
    Thank you for the welcomes and advice everyone! He's still pretty bad, however he has resumed his job of letting me know something is amiss in the yard (that harsh aak aak sound). Funny thing tho, he and the roo have now cuddled up. I caught the roo laying his head on Wheet-wheet. @sourland Catching him is impossible, any ideas how I can get the ointment to his eye? Thanks again, much appreciated! [​IMG]
  7. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
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  8. Msufficient

    Msufficient New Egg

    Mar 4, 2016
    Below the Mason-Dixon, NJ
    Got the ointment, and hubby had the brilliant idea of waiting for Wheet to roost before applying. After some initial hesitation and discomfort, he seemed most greatful and even layed his head in my hand! Fingers crossed! Thank you so much again for all the well wishes and advice!

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