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Neighbor has a flock of 30-50 will my 2 ever be able to free roam?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
(Never owned them before)
Got a couple Guinea hens for a friend September of last year, (roll forward to now) the Guineas need to leave stressing chickens into eating their own eggs!

Now the real question my neighbor across the street has a flock of about 30-50 guineas will mine ever come back if I let them out on to free range (after 4-6 months in a movable coop)?
Or am I going to have to keep them cooped?
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post #2 of 9

FIRST  :welcome

I never had Guineas, but do have a suggestion.    Keep them in a movable tractor in your grounds,     Next, place some leg bands so that if they do escape, you may go to neighbor and easily identify your 2.    Colored  Plastic zip ties will work . Do not put on tight. 

WISHING YOU BEST :thumbsup

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Is there anyway (possibly if I get them mates) they will want to stay around the property, and or come when called back to coop for the dinner time/night? Idk the sex and really trying hard to figure it out! They are about 5-6 months so waddles are not large!
Do males have (throat flaps in between the waddles?)
Moveable 10'x10' pen that is staked down so nothing can get to them!
Please help guinea hen Newby here! Lol

Edited by rottngsp - 2/11/16 at 3:50pm
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Cavemanrich
Thank you so much for the information on banding them! Can't use a tractor on the property (on the side of a hill) need a skid steer lol!
post #5 of 9

In chicken talk, a tractor is referred to a movable pen,    It usually  has wheels on one end to move about easily by one person.  Peeps use these to allow their chickens to graze a certain area of the lawn or pasture and then switch area.  It also protects from raptors like hawks during the day. :)

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you I'll advise the "tractor" to the husband hoping to let them free range if possible!
Anyone use a tether like device? (After you work with them of course)
post #7 of 9

Guineas are much more fragile than chickens, their legs in particular. I would not tether. 

 

I had a flock and my neighbor had a flock of equal size. Mixed sex all adults. When they crossed paths it was always a war never a merger.

 

Then I started a second flock to run on a different part of my property. When the birds where still juveniles the got hit by a predator and knocked down to 4 birds. They did wind up merging with her flock. Of My original flock I am down to only one and she hangs with the chickens and has not attempted to join the other flock.

 

So it could go either way as I see it. I would ask myself... How much do I really care if they merge?

 

Guineas, I feel, are of their best value when allowed to free range. So I'd would take the chance and if it failed I'd just get more and try again when they are adults.

 

I do think you would have better odds if your flock was larger. 

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you thank you for your help!
Hopefully if I can get another 2-4 in a couple months they will want to stay!
If not oh well try again with Keets smile.png
post #9 of 9


I bought pink leg bands if you want me to mail you a couple. send me a message.  Pinky

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