What are the symptoms of guinea fowl disease?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

Infectious Coryza is a common disease that affects chickens, pheasants, and guinea fowl, particularly in game chicken flocks. When it comes to guinea fowl, the clinical signs of this disease can be quite noticeable.

One of the most common symptoms of guinea fowl disease, also known as Infectious Coryza, is swelling around the face. This swelling can be seen around the eyes and the nostrils, giving the bird a puffy appearance. It is important to note that this swelling is often accompanied by other clinical signs.

Another symptom of guinea fowl disease is a foul-smelling discharge from the nostrils and eyes. This discharge is often thick and sticky in consistency. It can be yellowish or greenish in color and may crust around the affected areas. This discharge is a result of the inflammation and infection caused by the disease.

Labored breathing is another common clinical sign of guinea fowl disease. The swelling and inflammation around the face can lead to difficulty in breathing for the bird. This can be observed as the bird appears to be breathing heavily or struggling to catch its breath. In severe cases, the bird may exhibit open-mouth breathing as it tries to get enough air.

Rales, which are abnormal breathing sounds, are also commonly heard in guinea fowl affected by Infectious Coryza. These rattling sounds occur due to the presence of mucus and inflammation in the respiratory system. It is important to note that rales can also be a sign of other respiratory diseases, so a proper diagnosis is crucial.

In addition to these main clinical signs, guinea fowl affected by Infectious Coryza may also show general signs of illness such as lethargy, loss of appetite, and a decrease in egg production. These signs can vary in severity depending on the individual bird and the stage of the disease.

It is worth mentioning that guinea fowl disease can be highly contagious and can spread rapidly within a flock. Therefore, it is important to isolate and treat affected birds as soon as possible to prevent further spread of the disease.

In my personal experience, I have seen guinea fowl affected by Infectious Coryza exhibit these symptoms. The swelling around the face is quite noticeable, and the foul-smelling discharge is often a clear indication of the disease. The labored breathing and rales can be distressing to witness, as the affected birds struggle to breathe properly. It is always heartbreaking to see birds become ill, but taking prompt action and seeking appropriate veterinary care can help in managing the disease and minimizing its impact on the flock.

To summarize, the symptoms of guinea fowl disease, or Infectious Coryza, include swelling around the face, foul-smelling discharge from the nostrils and eyes, labored breathing, and rales. Additionally, affected birds may show signs of general illness such as lethargy and decreased appetite. Early detection and proper treatment are crucial in managing the disease and preventing its spread within a flock.