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Guinea gasping/gulping? What is this? (General Discussion)

by amarcoux, Friday, October 06, 2017, 07:53 (15 days ago)

I have a guinea standing outside making a gasping/gulping movement w/ it's beak. I've not seen this behavior before???

Might be..

by Barbara-NH @, Saturday, October 07, 2017, 01:05 (14 days ago) @ amarcoux

..something caught in its throat? You might try putting a little olive oil down the throat to help dislodge whatever it is and move things along. Also could be gapeworm. The main symptom when a guinea has gapeworm is an open beak with wheezing or gasping. To check for gapeworm, look down the guinea's throat with a flashlight. If there are gapeworms, you should see some small red, thin worms that look like Y's. That's the male and female gapeworms joined together. Once symptoms are noticed, it can be hard to treat.

Hope it's nothing serious. Please let us know how it's doing.


by BennieAnTheJets, Sunday, October 08, 2017, 23:42 (12 days ago) @ amarcoux

I used Fenbendazole for gapeworm

at 50 mg/ kg of body weight - so for the average Guinea it translated into about 0.8 ml of the Safe-Guard for goats 10% suspension

I did it for 5 days in a row into the beak - and I did it for 26 Guineas - no, I don't want to hear from anyone that it cannot be done - ha ha - it was mission impossible, of course, but after over 100 doses gives orally, I got quite good at it

you have to be careful not to drown the bird! - do not squirt liquid into the throat! - I put the liquid into the beak from one side and let the bird drink it slowly - only a few drops at a time - some individuals shake it out, so I gave a little more from a second syringe - most took it ok

I used 1 cc syringes without the needle, of course

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