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Pearl Guinea

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Pros: They eat lots of tics, good layers, good meat.

Cons: Noisy, annoying, not smart, tricky, bad overall, ugly, not nice at all, terrible mothers, lay small eggs, and much more...

These dumb guineas make me want to pull my hair out!:somad All they do is scream, eat ticks, and get themselves killed! They aren't smart one bit, surprises me they even have a brain in those heads! I was so excited to get them until I found out how bad they were, not smart, almost worthless:/. At least I didn't have any tics on me but they scream all day, lay tiny eggs, it surprises me people make money selling those things. They ALWAYS fly in trees and cause trouble! Terrible mothers also! A mother guinea and other care guinea helpers had 16 in all, then after their bad instincts they only have 5 left!:hit This is the worst bird ever to imagine! Good meat though:/... 

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Pros: eat ticks, pretty, don't fight each other often

Cons: noisy, always flying over in someone else's yard

  Guineas are great for eating ticks and other pesky bugs. The only cons I have about them is is that they can't stay in the yard, and then when they want to come back in mine they don't have the sense to fly over the fence. I have to make them fly over the fence. They are a little noisy when they start to cackle, but there calm peep is nice to hear. Male Guineas don't fight each other often, so I don't have to worry about them getting hurt. They get along with the other poultry and goats just fine. Occasionally one will chase a cat around.

  My guineas roost in trees at night and are free-range. I have a flock of about 14 right now. Usually when people come over and see the guineas they think they are turkeys, lol. :gigBut I do have to admit that they sort of look like young turkeys.

  My guineas have hatched out plenty of keets. When we had problems with foxes and some of the mothers were killed, our two cochin hens raised them.

  Currently I have about 13 guinea cocks and 1 or 2 guinea hens.

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Pros: Pest control, watchdogs, flock protector

Cons: Noisy, wild, flighty

The Guinea Fowl in general, is a very good bird. They will warn us about suspicous characters around our property and warn the other fowl about hawks, neighborhood cats, and other predators. They are very noisy when they do this though. They will also eat bugs, lots of bugs.I have seen them just roosting on a fence and eating wasps that are flying around! And if you like gardening, these might be the birds for you, they eat bugs, won't scratch up the soil like chickens, and their droppings won't 'burn' your plants, it's actually a fertilizer.  They do lay well when they are in season, but they make nests all over your yard. They don't go broody very often and if you want keets you'll have to incubate them. About the eggs, they taste very good and the shells are VERY hard to crack. As for the meat, I've never tried it myself, but I have heard that it is a very expensive and fine quality meat. We have our guineas with our chickens, they never have any problems disease -wise or pecking order-wise. They won't make a great handling pet, but they earn their keep. While writing about this, I might suggest that if you have or are getting guineas, invest in a male guinea, he does keep the guinea flock together and hushes up the noisy females. Overall, I recommend that you have a couple guineas in your flock if you have predator or bug problems.

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Pros: eat ticks, lays eggs, fun to have around

Cons: loud at times.. sounding like a bunch of monkeys in a tree, hard to keep around

We have 15 keets coming in a few weeks.  This is our 3rd attemp at raising Guineas.. the 1st time was in 2001 and we really didn't know what we were doing.  The 1st time we let them out of the coop we gave them free range.  After the 1st day they were in our yard, the 2nd day they were in the field across the road, the 3rd day they were in the farm field and that was the last we ever saw of them.

 

So, we did much research and in May 2010 decided to try again.  This time we had a coop and fenced area all setup for them.  Late in the fall a racoon was getting into the coop and so we put up an electric wire around the top of the fence.  I think the Guineas did not like this.. by Spring of 2011 they were gone.. again  :-(  About 6 months later our neighbor said that this strange looking bird showed up in his yard and couldn't wait to get into the coop with his chickens.  Yes indeed.. that was 1 of our Guineas.

 

So we are now trying it again.. This time we are building a perch above the electric fencing so the Guineas have a perch but no other animal can get in.

 

From what I understand it can be difficult to keep this bird as part of your flock.  Hopefully this time we will have better luck.

 

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Pros: Eat ticks, good watch birds, fun to watch, lay eggs

Cons: Dig holes for dusting, get kiiled on the road if you live next to one.

They are great tick eaters, and are good for alarming when danger is near. They do tend to dig holes for dusting in the lawnhmm.png  Lay eggs spring, summer and fall. I suggest having them to free range during the day, coop at night to keep them safe. The eggs are the best!

 

 

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Pros: Tick Annhilators!

Cons: Loud

You will not have a single tick if you get guineas :old although they can be loud they are worth the noise. but if you live in a neighborhood fat chance of owning any without losing friendship of your neighbors great for large farm.

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Pros: Alert, good foragers, eat many types of pest bugs

Cons: Noisy, can be aggressive to other fowl.

My Pearl Guineafowl are great. They are loud but I love the noise they make. They have saved my chickens more than one time with their calls.

Pearl Guinea
Description:

Pearl guinea fowl are related to other game birds including pheasants, turkeys, and partridges. They were domesticated from the helmeted guineafowl found in Africa.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed Colors/VarietiesGrey with small white dots
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Breed Details:

Their eggs are thick shelled and harder to break than most chicken eggs. Pearl guinea fowl are valued as natural pest controllers. Many people raise them to help control the deer tick, which is a carrier of lyme disease. Their diet consists of various insects, including ticks, wasps, bees, grasshoppers and many other garden and lawn pests. They also eat a variety of seeds, grasses and grains. They will also eat chicken feed when offered, and are often fed a game bird feed. Only female guineafowl can make the two- note call that sounds like "buck-wheat". Both male and female guineas can make the single note call. Males will also have larger wattles than a female, but it's often difficult to tell the gender of the bird by looking at the wattles. They are often kept with other fowl because of their high alertness and awareness. They are flock birds and are very social. They do better when kept in a moderate to large size flock than they do on their own. Adult pearl guinea fowl are very hardy. Pearl guineas are great lookouts and are often the first to spot a predator. When they sound the alarm they are very noisy and everyone close by will hear it. When they feel threatened, they will form a tight group and stick together. Sometimes they will follow and harass whatever they feel is a threat. My pearl guinea fowl have saved my flock three times from hawks by letting us know with their loud, harsh calls. The incubation period for guinea fowl is 26-28 days. Young guineas should be kept dry and warm.

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