Found a guinea fowl with string wrapped round its legs. Had to catch it, which it resisted, but once I had it and was removing the string it was quite docile and eyed me as if it knew what I was doing. When I let it go it ran off, stopped and looked back at me. Wonder what it was thinking? It was a pied female and I put it with a pied male I had in a separate pen because it was being attacked by the other males. I may keep them as my main breeding pair if they seem happy together.
Post by Cluck N Waddle on Jan 17, 2009 18:02:28 GMT 8
She's lucky you found her before that string did any serious damage. Sounds like she was very grateful to you for helping her The guinea males can be so vicious to each other cant they, its painful to watch sometimes.
Hi Mike missed this thread before. Hope the pair are still happy together. Amazing how poultry seem to attract little bits of string. I have had to rescue a few of my chickens over the years when they have gotten themselves tangled. The worst was when a bit of that blue string that ties up the hay bales got tangled aound one of a little week old chicks legs. the peice of string was so fine and the chicks leg so fragile that I had a devil of a job getting it off. I was petrified I would break the poor little guys leg. Had to even get my glasses out...took a while but got there eventually. Do think I got any backwards glances from the little guy though. Took off like shot back under mummas wing.
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I hope the pair are still happy together, too, as I sold them a couple of days ago. They were only a year old and the guy wanted young ones. And it was hay string. It's a devil to get off because the strands fray apart and you have to make several cuts to clear it all. I always like it when a bird I have "rescued" in one way or another makes it. I have a little GLW cockerel that was badly savaged by its siblings. I separated it and put betadine on the bleeding wounds and nursed it and now it's back with the others showing off its scars.
Hi Mike, I have a little Light Sussex pullet, shes about 12 weeks now, she sliced her back open out in the yard, don't know how she managed it but was very nasty, so out comes the purple spray, and she was then brought back inside, didnt think she would survive but she did, so she migrated to the chicken shed where she sleeps at night in a cage and goes out on the grass during the day on her own. Any way last week I go out to take her out and here she is stuck in the bars of her pen, both legs through jammed tight and one twisted very badly, she had even managed to get her wings through and twisted. finally managed to get her free. needless to say she was in a bad way again, could not walk, but she was still alert. But by the end of the day she was sort of crawling around was able to get to food and water on her own, and after 3 days she's back to normal and running around happily, hence she is now called "lucky" they reckon everything comes in 3s so I wonder what the next Karma cussy trick will be.
We had an injured magpie once that had a broken wing and deformed legs but managed somehow to get around. It used to chase after the chooks and when Carawongs were in the yard it tried to play with them. It eventually died, which was probably a mercy, but they can be determined to survive even with the odds stacked against them. You can get a good feeling from something like that. It's when I see a bird listless and without any will to even move that I feel very sad.
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