Seemingly healthy Guinea just drops dead??

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by solanaskyes, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. solanaskyes

    solanaskyes Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 25, 2011
    This morning, I went out to feed and water everybody, and they all seemed to be their usual crazy, noisy guinea selves, including my only Buff Dondette male. I saw him eating and drinking, running around with the the others, there was no sign of illness, no puffy feathers, lethargy, discharge, etc. So, I went out and mowed the back pasture, and when I came back he was just lying there dead, not a feather out of place, no injuries, body still warm, all the other guineas still seem fine.

    Has anybody else had this happen or have any ideas? The bird in question was about a year old, and while I've had them kill themselves in stupid ways, I've never had one just drop dead before. Do I need to be worrying about something with the other guineas and chickens?
  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    Sorry for your loss, it's extra worse when we lose a favorite or distinct color. If you lose another bird, then I'd worry, but it's not uncommon for mystery deaths to happen in the coop... even something like a small head or neck injury from spooking or excessive breeding season aggression in the coop can kill them really quick. And even something like choking can take a Guinea super fast too. Without being there and seeing it happen, you may never know what his COD was.

    Hopefully this was just an isolated incident for your flock [​IMG]
  3. BritinMO

    BritinMO Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Sorry for your loss.

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