Jacqueline Jacob, Anthony Pescatore

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Guineafowl are endemic to Africa where temperature and rainfall appear to have played important roles in their ecology and evolution. Guineafowl come in color varieties rather than breeds. Guineafowl are characterized by their harsh cry and are easily agitated. Habitats for wild guineafowl include open forests, savannas, and grasslands. Guineafowl are said to be resistant to many poultry diseases, but they can be spreaders of many diseases so a good biosecurity program is essential. Although the anatomy and physiology of guineafowl are similar to those of chickens, there are some differences in digestive tract morphology that could cause different drug absorptions. Probiotics are live microbial feed supplements given to promote the growth and health of the animal. The reproductive organs of vertebrates typically arise as bilateral primordia and this symmetry usually persists into adulthood. Understanding the growth patterns of guineafowl allows for the development of efficient nutritional or feeding regimens.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGamebird Medicine and Management
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781119712244
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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  • digestive tract morphology
  • guineafowl
  • guineafowl feeding regimens
  • guineafowl habitats
  • poultry diseases
  • probiotics
  • reproductive organs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Veterinary


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