Worried About Ginny the Guinea! ='(

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by st16795, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. st16795

    st16795 Out Of The Brooder

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    Today when I went outside to tend to the birds like I always do, I noticed that one of my guineas (my favorite, of course, Ginny) was standing a little oddly. She looked kind of hunch-backy, like a vulture, with her butt down so low that her tail was dragging on the ground, even when she walked. Concerned, I reached to herd her closer, expecting her to move away but, to my dismay, she didn't do the panicky run that guineas do. She stayed where she was, even to the point where she let me pick her up and hold her. I checked her vent, it doesn't look abnormal, but then again I haven't seen many guinea vents. I felt her stomach and it didn't feel like I would imagine an egg-bound hen's stomach would feel like. I separated her, but she misses her flock. She is eating and drinking as she normally does, only she is now sitting down to eat and drink. I offered her cottage cheese and broccoli, but she wasn't interested [​IMG].
    Does anyone have any ideas or experience with this...? She's been bunking with a man-friend (guinea) for a while now, since she started laying about a month ago, and all I can think of is a possible injury! But if so, what should I do about it? Please, help!
     
  2. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is she having trouble walking? Like a leg/foot injury. I've had a couple who walked funny because of injuries to feet but I don't think I've seen their tails dragging from that. We did separate one of ours for a while, it bothered us more than her. When she drove us crazy with the noise we knew she was better.
     
  3. st16795

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    Thank you for replying! Any suggestion helps. I looked at her legs and her feet, but they look fine to me, but I could be missing something. She walks delicately and slowly, with her legs close together. Kind of like an older woman does.
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:could she have injured herself jumping from the roost or what ever else high places guineas like to be on? could have a sprain and needs a couple of days of rest and relaxation.
     
  5. st16795

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    It's completely possible. She's had a good appetite, unlike that of a sick bird. I will try the few days of rest and relaxation (if I can keep her off her feet [​IMG]).

    Thank you (both of you) [​IMG]
     

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