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Sick Keets

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Fliese, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. Fliese

    Fliese Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night, my husband noticed one f our eight week old keets dead in their hut in the garage (heated). I went out to investigate and found that of our 16, 9 were dead. I brought the remaining 7 into the broader in the house for the night, gave them sugar after soaked feed and some warm water with Vet Rx in it and six perked right up. The seventh died overnight, but the remaining six seemed pretty lose to normal, talking and active. I spent the morning bleaching their hit and the garage floor, etc. When I came it at lunch, they were all acting like the one who died last night: feathers fluffed, lethargic, quiet. They don't ring from me if I try to pick the up, which is highly unusual. Their heads are nearly bald and a bit crusty. I don't know if this is part of feathering out or part of the illness.

    Does anyone know what this is or what I should do? Is it a lost cause at this point?
     
  2. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were you feeding them medicated feed? Do you have any medications on hand? I would try giving them sulmet (sulfamethazine sodium) 12.5% in their drinking water or another coccidiosis medication in their water according to label directions. Dip each of their beaks in the medicated water. And if it were me, I would put them back into "brooding" heat, where they can get in & out of around 90ºF. That should relieve them of the necessity of heating themselves and allow them to concentrate on getting better.
    I don't know what happened but a couple of weeks ago I put my 9 week olds in the coop (with a lightbulb cause it was cool and separated from the flock). About 2 weeks later one of the polish started just sitting with feathers fluffed, by the next day it was dead. I immediately started treating the remaining 2 polish and 9 keets with the sulmet and changed their feed to 28% medicated, by this time one of the surviving polish was showing the fluffed behavior and 3 of the keets were inactive. They all pulled through but now i'm afraid to stop giving them the medicated feed. I medicated their water for 6 days following the instructions on the label. The polish that died was the biggest one. Good luck, I hope they make it.
     
  3. Fliese

    Fliese Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. They are on medicated feed and have been their whole lives, as that's all I could get in the higher protein starter. I gave them something last night for coccidiosis- a powder mixed into the water. This morning, I picked up some antibiotic liquid to mix into water (I think it was sulmet, but I'm too lazy to go down to check right now). I've also added save a chick to the water. I also gave them the heat lamp, like ou suggested.

    I wish I could figure out what it is. I've ben looking at the charts and everything I can find online and nothing seems to fit.

    The six that survived the night last night are stilt alive. Five have perked up since this afternoon and one is looking like it's laying at Death's door. I opened its beak and dropped in some of the medicated water. Since they all keep shaking their heads, I tried putting some Vet Rx drops into the really sick one's ears to see if that helps the heard shaking. I think that bird is a lost cause, though.

    Do you think I should be treating my laying hens too? They are kept outside, a few hundred feet from the house and have no contact with the sick birds, except for me walking through the garage on my ay out to them. I bleached my cop boots and the garage floor today and with it being winter, the hens never come out in the snow. So, if I traced something on my boots, they wouldn't contact it until spring, as they stay in the hoop house or the coop, neither of which I walk into.
     

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