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Sick or malnourished guineas?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by fizz, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. fizz

    fizz Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been a bit worried about three of my guineas over the past couple of weeks. They seem to have a different silhouette to the normal kind of plump looking guinea fowl.

    Here is one of my guineas that has the 'normal' silhouette - nice and rounded:
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    And here are two that have a skinnier, 'lumpier' silhouette over the tail:
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    And one without the sunlight shadow:
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    Am I right in thinking they don't look quite right? Is there anything I should be looking out for? They all seem to be foraging and eating normally during free range time, and they all get a go with the grain and greens I give when they come in at night. Apart from their appearance they don't seem to be poorly in any way and there don't seem to be strange droppings around. I think both of those above are females, but one of the other females has the plump look without the weird bumpiness.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I admit to not really knowing anything about Guineas, but I think that it is possible that the change of seasons could possibly change the birds. Do you notice that they are eating more grain when they come in at night? It could be that they need more grains because of the coming winter.
     
  3. fizz

    fizz Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply JustBugged. I'm afraid it's not winter as we're in the southern hemisphere. We're about to get into the heat of summer down here.
     
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The skinnier, 'lumpier' silhouette over the tail is what's referred to as a bustle, it's normal for Hens to look like this. In fact it's a good way to sex your Guineas, because the males do not develop this. With the heat of the summers here my flocks typically lose a lot of their fluff/down (like an undercoat on a dog) giving them all a leaner/slimmer appearance, and the bustles on the Hens are much more obvious during the warmer months. The birds are also more active and fit from getting more free range time, and the extended free range time can change the make-up of their diet (they consume more proteins and greens as opposed to consuming so much commercial poultry feed), so that can also attribute to their leaner look.

    If you are concerned that they are under weight you can catch them and feel their breast area, if they feel really thin in that area then it's possible it is time to worm them. They all look healthy to me tho [​IMG]
     
  5. GuineaLady93

    GuineaLady93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with peeps, that is what my hens look like. The males always have a more rounded body while the females have a flatter back and are closer to the ground.
     
  6. fizz

    fizz Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh! Well that makes me feel a whole lot better! Thanks Peeps and Guinealady [​IMG] I wasn't sure as they seemed like they were fine in every other way, other than the leaner profile. I will also give them a little squeeze (if I can catch the rascals!) and check their breast plumpness just to make sure.

    BYC is a great resource, thanks again [​IMG]
     

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