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I don't know why I thought the guineas would be the easy birds... perhaps because they are the ones I expect the least from?

 

We bought a mixed group of day old chicks and keets in June. They are about 4 months old now. We just got the excess roosters sorted out a week or two ago, so now its 2 roosters, 1 probable rooster, 13 hens, and 10 guineas in the coop.  They have a large fenced-in yard to run in, with a few trees to play in/under.  The chicken social dynamics improved considerably when we sorted out the extra roosters. The guineas, not so much.

 

We have 3 royal purples, 5 lavenders and 2 chocolate guineas. There is one royal purple guinea in particular who is a bully to other guineas. He/she (not sure!) particularly likes to chase around 2 of the lavender guineas, although he/she will also chase the 2 chocolates and sometimes other lavenders. I can't tell them apart very well yet so not sure how many get bullied, but I know the 2 lavs for sure because they roost in the window rather than on the roost, and usually hang out with the chickens all day and avoid the other guineas.

 

In retrospect, I guess its silly, but I thought since guineas were such flock-minded birds, they would just make a flock. I didn't think about their social hierarchy excluding just a few of the birds.

 

Any ideas why the guineas are bullying each other? Any thoughts what I can do about it? At the moment, I am inclined to take the biggest bully and toss him/her in with the roosters we sorted out.

Buckeye, Barnevelder, & Delaware chickens, and some guineas.  We try to keep about a dozen of each.
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Buckeye, Barnevelder, & Delaware chickens, and some guineas.  We try to keep about a dozen of each.
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I don't know why I thought the guineas would be the easy birds... perhaps because they are the ones I expect the least from?

 

We bought a mixed group of day old chicks and keets in June. They are about 4 months old now. We just got the excess roosters sorted out a week or two ago, so now its 2 roosters, 1 probable rooster, 13 hens, and 10 guineas in the coop.  They have a large fenced-in yard to run in, with a few trees to play in/under.  The chicken social dynamics improved considerably when we sorted out the extra roosters. The guineas, not so much.

 

We have 3 royal purples, 5 lavenders and 2 chocolate guineas. There is one royal purple guinea in particular who is a bully to other guineas. He/she (not sure!) particularly likes to chase around 2 of the lavender guineas, although he/she will also chase the 2 chocolates and sometimes other lavenders. I can't tell them apart very well yet so not sure how many get bullied, but I know the 2 lavs for sure because they roost in the window rather than on the roost, and usually hang out with the chickens all day and avoid the other guineas.

 

In retrospect, I guess its silly, but I thought since guineas were such flock-minded birds, they would just make a flock. I didn't think about their social hierarchy excluding just a few of the birds.

 

Any ideas why the guineas are bullying each other? Any thoughts what I can do about it? At the moment, I am inclined to take the biggest bully and toss him/her in with the roosters we sorted out.


The guineas are bullying each other because that is their nature.  Removing the bully is usually the easiest solution.  Sometimes solitary confinement for a while changes the flock dynamics and the bully's behavior.  Re-homing the bully can be another option.  Then of course the final option of inviting the bully to the family dinner can work very well since guineas are absolutely delicious.

Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

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Welsummers, mixed breed chickens, Blue Slate turkeys, Sweetgrass turkeys and guineas.

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

My photo album

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The guineas are bullying each other because that is their nature.  Removing the bully is usually the easiest solution.  Sometimes solitary confinement for a while changes the flock dynamics and the bully's behavior.  Re-homing the bully can be another option.  Then of course the final option of inviting the bully to the family dinner can work very well since guineas are absolutely delicious.

 

Haha, okay, thanks!  I think then that I will move the bully into the rooster pen for awhile and see what happens.  The bully can live with them until all of the roosters have visited our table, and then I will see if the time with some chicken friends changed his behavior to other guineas. If not, I certainly don't have any problem inviting him to dinner. I just didn't really want that to be the FIRST option!


Edited by BlueShadow - 10/23/15 at 3:39pm
Buckeye, Barnevelder, & Delaware chickens, and some guineas.  We try to keep about a dozen of each.
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Buckeye, Barnevelder, & Delaware chickens, and some guineas.  We try to keep about a dozen of each.
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