Saved guinea keet yesterday *ULTRA CUTE PICS!*

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Mykee, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Mykee

    Mykee Chillin' With My Peeps

    So yesterday my dad went out to care for the animals, and one of our keets that hatched was laying away from the mom. He held the keet until it warmed up, even though it looked dead. It is now living in a box in our bathtub. He is so cute! I have to "peck'' in the food and water to get him to eat, and he is really weak. We are using a 60- watt bulb, which he likes to sleep under. Is it possible to put him back with the mom? (I don't want to-it would just be more convenient.) I will try to post some pics later. Update: he is eating by himself now!
     
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  2. Mykee

    Mykee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Now it's two Little Guys- same story for the second!

    Little Guy One:

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    Little Guy Two (the one laying down):

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  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on your 2 new babies :)

    But.... shavings are a huge no-no for keets until they are 2 wks old+...they can eat them, become impacted and die. Would be a huge bummer to rescue them, only to lose them to an impaction. I use the rubberized shelf liner and well textured paper towels for the first few days, then coarse, clean straw or seedless hay until the are well acquainted with the feed/feeder, and the risk of eating the shavings is less of a problem.
     
  4. Mykee

    Mykee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I noticed that they were eating a lot of shavings. I will try to put some paper towels over the shavings today, if my dad lets me. [​IMG] Thanks for the tip of rubberized shelf liner; that does seem like it would work well!
     
  5. JLeigh

    JLeigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you haven't already, remove the shavings altogether. At least that's my opinion. You can put down some old towels that don't have strings and large loops, in the interim. I tried that, and while it works, I prefer the shelf liner and paper towels. For a while, I used puppy pads under paper towels and they were pretty good except they're pricey. Keets need LOTS of traction for their feet and legs. But I'd get rid of those shavings - - why chance it?
     
  6. Mykee

    Mykee Chillin' With My Peeps

    We put down paper towels on the shavings. The reason I don't remove the shavings altogether is I am not the only one raising the keets, and we have used shavings for the past 4 years without any problems. But thanks for the suggestions; if I were in charge of the entire project I would use drawer liners.
     
  7. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are already eating the shavings then they may be on their way to impaction/death... keep an eye on them for bulging crops, lethargic keets and droopy wings. Keets are much more prone to eating shavings than chicks are. Why that is I don't know, but after hatching and raising thousands of keets I've learned to steer clear of shavings, period. No excuses made. Some get lucky and get away with it, but I personally won't risk killing keets over something so simple to avoid, and always advise every person I sell keets to that they should avoid them as well. To each their own tho, good luck with your 2 little ones.
     
  8. JLeigh

    JLeigh Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Mykee

    Mykee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I realized that fairly quickly, as the two little guys would go through great extents to eat the shavings. However, with the towels down now, the keets seem to be doing just fine, and they are almost one week old. They are very energetic and eat a lot. They did have diarrhea for a while, but it seems to be replaced with normal droppings today.
     

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