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Hi! I am new to Guineas and just got some today that are probably 4 months old (they didn't tell us the ages)I have 4 turkeys and have 16 chickens including two roosters but have never had Guineas we have a white one and a regular one any important information I need to know? Thanks!
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They are noisy pretty much from sunrise to sunset when adult and usually are bullies and troublemakers...

You need to provide ample space if they are in a mixed flock or else they will chase, torment and pluck feathers from the other poultry just for fun... And they love to sprint and run around like they are possessed...

Beyond that they can be comical to watch as they act like total idiots sometimes and have some quirky personalities on top of that...

My guineas do a good job of putting and keeping the roosters in their place when they get pushy, and it's easy to see to spot the trouble maker roosters they are the ones with limited tail feathers left due to plucking from the guineas...
post #3 of 9
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Thanks for info! I hope that I get a male and a female so they can be buddies but I'll be happy with what I get smile.png
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    Some guineas are easy keepers and some are not. A female guinea will do a lot of calling (it's called the buckwheat sound and it has 2 syllables) Especially in the spring. Male guineas are usually quiet unless they see something that alarms them. For that reason they are good watchdogs for your other poultry.  I don't mind the sound and I have 8 females and 6 males. If you have close neighbors they may not find the sound as pleasant.

 

   It's important that you keep them confined for at least a month. Your guineas are young enough to adapt to a new home  but if turned loose to free range too soon they may just fly away, never to be seen again.

 

   Your guineas should be able to eat the same food as your other poultry. They need a higher protein feed when growing but yours are pretty much grown now.

 

    Guineas are real characters and I enjoy mine a lot. They do a good job of keeping insects under control when allowed to free range. And they will range a lot farther than your other birds. Mine cover 25 to 30 acres every day thru the spring and summer.

   If you have other questions feel free to ask! :)

post #5 of 9
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Thanks so much! Our neighbors don't complain at about the noise and our roosters crow all day and the turkeys are real loud too thanks again!
Edited by maziechicken02 - 11/12/15 at 4:38pm
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Thanks for info! I hope that I get a male and a female so they can be buddies but I'll be happy with what I get smile.png


 If you could post a picture of them some of us might be able to give you an idea of the sex. Males will have large wattles, usually cupped, while a female is likely to have smaller pointed wattles. ;)

post #7 of 9
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Just found out their probably around 4 or 5 weeks old! Their so big bigger then our 3 month old baby chick!
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If you could post a picture of them some of us might be able to give you an idea of the sex. Males will have large wattles, usually cupped, while a female is likely to have smaller pointed wattles. wink.png

Unless you have experience with the blood lines they came from and know the wattle/helmet genetics of that blood like, sex recognition by sight is pretty much a shot in the dark...

I know many of mine that don't fit the 'traditional' wattle and helmet sex profiles, but their sex is clear as day when they mature and squawk...
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Just found out their probably around 4 or 5 weeks old! Their so big bigger then our 3 month old baby chick!

Something seems off, guineas and chickens should grow at a similar rate to dual purpose... A 4-5 week guinea should weigh about 250-300 grams while a 12 week old dual purpose breed chicken should weigh about 900-1000 grams... If the guineas are bigger then your chickens they are likely a lot older than you were told...
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In thinking they look bigger because they have a lot of feathers
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