So I guess my main questions are:
1: is there a problem with keeping all Keats regardless of sex - i.e. Can I have multiple males without issue (I don't want to have to re-home or eat any birds)I
2. I've read they can terrorist chickens, but my girls & boy are massive (Orpington, Australorp and Sussex). Are they still likely to be an issue?
3. How many eggs/ Keats should I give her. They sell eggs by the dozen which sounds like a lot to me.
4. I'm about to get a bee hive, so I'm hoping the Guineas will eat the ants that threaten the hive. But will they also eat the bees (probably a stupid question).
5. For all you Aussies out there - how noisy are they really? We live in the bush with v noisy frogs & kookaburras, so constant noise all around. Are they worse? Do they shout through the night?
Sorry so many questions,
1. Should not be a problem if they free range... However, male guineas will attack Male roosters when they are mature.
2. My ones did terrorise my chickens. There live fine for about one year.. then the guineas discovered a fun game of surprise chicken attack jump. They would act normally and then suddenly all run a an unsuspecting chicken and one at a time jump on its back and bounce off.. like leapfrog. The poor chickens did not get hurt.. but they got really stressed out and nervous, never knowing when a surprise attack would happen.
3. Big breed chickens could easily hatch out 6 - 8 eggs no problem.. maybe more.
4. They could indeed try to eat the bees.
5. Mine were always quiet in the night. They roost in the trees. The noise will not bother you if you are not bothered by roosters crowing. They can be noisy but only a few time a day.. like when they go up to roost. I never noticed the noise being a problem or annoying.. I liked the sounds.. but neighbours may not like it.
I rehomed my guineas, partly because of them attacking my chickens. and also a lot were getting killed my dogs getting onto my land.
Now I am selling my fancy chickens.. so won't have any to free range.... so am thinking about getting more Guinea fowl.. and my land is dog proof now too.