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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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I have 16 guinea keets, a little over 1 week old. Just came

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I have 16 guinea keets, a little over 1 week old. Just came home from town to find one dead. :-( I have been feeding them turkey starter and filtered water, and a little bit of gro-gel plus B. I'm worried others might not make it. They seem to be acting the same, except some droppings look a little more orange and watery. ??
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Unfortunately, this death can indicate any number of illnesses or health issues. In avian medicine, there's rarely one cause of a condition, so we usually begin with a list of differential diagnoses and use lab tests and physical exams to differentiate. With this in mind, your best course of action is to reach out to your county-extension poultry personnel or avian-oriented veterinarian (please see here: The proper protocol is to have a newly dead or particularly sickly bird sacrificed to be necropsied whenever you have a significant at risk flock.
It's best to approach the diagnostic process with a clear sense of the bird's financial value to your operation, however. Although some services might be available free of charge through a county agency or land-grant extension office, the expense of some diagnostic tests and treatments can add up quickly. While it’s always worth your time and money to identify a bacterial or viral infection that could potentially impact more than one member of the flock, this might not be the case with a condition that only affects one keet.
Please take a look at this site: to see if you can detect a management issue which might have predisposed to the death and please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?