I have just joined the forum hoping to get some advice. I got 2 day old keets a couple of weeks ago and for the first week they were fine, eating and drinking OK. Then one morning one of them looked really ill and it died later that day. I noticed it had "pasted up" and when I checked the other one it was the same so I cleaned it every day and thought it would survive but it died yesterday. They were in a cage on straw in the house under a lamp being fed chick crumb - this is how I have reared ducklings and chicks previously with no problems. So before I get any more, any advice please?
My keets died :-((7 posts)
Oh Chevalblanc, I am so sorry to hear that. If you read about my experiences rearing keets for the first time you will see that I lost three due to pasting. I spotted that they had a problem very early thanks to Sara's advice about what to look for. The first really obvious sign for me was that their wings looked too big for their bodies. The second sign was a general droopiness. Desipite spotting the symptoms and lavishing care and attention on them I failed to save them. I was cleaning their vents every couple of hours and there weren't actually any visible signs of a blockage. But there were very few droppings in the box where I kept them isolated from the rest of the keets.
Guinea fowl are very sociable birds and seem to like to stay together in a flock. If one of mine (they are now free ranging) gets separated from the rest, it gets terribly upset and I can hear it crying from way down the paddocks. I am sure two would be fine together but they are happier in a larger group. I can vouch for this as my two adult guinea fowl are now totally integrated with the young ones and seem very happy to have a larger 'family'. I am sure Sara will reply to your message before long and I know she started out with only two guineas.
If you try with keets again I wish you all the very best of luck with them.
Chevalblanc = white horse, if I am not mistaken. Lovely nickname.
Welcome to the farmingfriends forum. I am so sorry to hear about your two poor keets. It is terrible when the poor little keets get sick. it is always hard to know what is wrong and sometimes they don't show signs til it's too late.
You asked for advice, so here goes. Make sure they have warm water and add marbles to the drinker to stop the keets putting their heads into the drinker.Make sure that the chick crumbs are in a feeder where they don't spill out so that they don't peck off the floor.
The litter should be fresh, dry and mould free. Keep the litter as fresh as possible as damp litter can cause illness and dirty litter laden with droppings can too as the keets will nibble at the droppings and this can lead to coccidiosis.
Make sure that there are no draughts and that the brooder is warm as this can reduce pasting up.
I have read that pasting up can be related to stress caused by being moved about.
If the keets do get pasted up then it is important to remove all the droppings with a damp cloth but then make sure that the vent area is dried quickly so the keet doesn't get chilled and that any more droppings do not stick to the damp feathers.
Also making sure the keets get plenty of water so that it flushes out their system and stops them from dehydrating is a good idea.
Just to let you know that I have just written an eBook about Incubating, Hatching And Raising Guinea Fowl Keets costing £3.50 http://farmingfriends.com/incubating-hatching-and-raising-guinea-fowl-keets-ebook-for-sale/
Hope this is useful. Let us know if you get anymore guinea fowl keets and good luck.
Sara @ farmingfriends
Hi MeliaMary and Sara
Thank you for the advice - I will try to follow it!! For coccidosis, I give the adult poultry doses of medicine a couple of times a year - do I need to give it to the keets too? or wait til they're older?
Got some new babies yesterday - I got 4 this time so if one dies, there won't be one left on its own. They seem to be a bit older than the first 2 - they have quite a few feathers already. None of them seems to be pasting up yet and as you said MeliaMary, they love to eat lettuce!
Don't know how to upload photos on here but here's a link to them on my Flickr page:
(Hi Chevalblanc - Helen, I uploaded it for you, hope that's ok! Sara @ farmingfriends)Helen
I love the photo. With regards to coccidiosis medication. I believe that the chick crumbs are medicated so you probably won't need to give them extra medication but you may want to check the labelling on your chick crumbs to make sure it is medicated. Is the coccidiosis medication you give your adults from the vets or something you've bought online or from a farm shop and what is it called?
Good luck with your 4 keets - they have lovely plummage.
Sara @ farmingfriends
The medication is called Amidurene (I live in France) and I got it from the vet.The keets are doing fine (they are so much more manic than my baby chicks!!) Here's the latest pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chevalblanc/3418368131/
Thanks for sharing the phot of your growing keets. it is always good news when they are dashing about as they are fit and healthy.
Thanks for letting me know the name of the medication.
My 29 guinea fowl are beginning to their eggs now in the middle of nettle patches - ouch!
Sara @ farmingfriends
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