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My mother in law bought some guinea keets thinking they were chickens. I ended up taking them in, and putting them in with my chicks. There are 8 total. Recently, I've noticed that some of them have sort of crooked looking wing feathers. I've never raised guineas before, so I'm not sure if this is normal, or if it will affect them later in life? Also, I'm not sure if there's anything I should be doing differently, when or if to separate them from the chicks. They're on medicated chick starter. I'd like to keep them together, if all possible. Any tips on introducing the guineas to my older chickens? 

 

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My mother in law bought some guinea keets thinking they were chickens. I ended up taking them in, and putting them in with my chicks. There are 8 total. Recently, I've noticed that some of them have sort of crooked looking wing feathers. I've never raised guineas before, so I'm not sure if this is normal, or if it will affect them later in life? Also, I'm not sure if there's anything I should be doing differently, when or if to separate them from the chicks. They're on medicated chick starter. I'd like to keep them together, if all possible. Any tips on introducing the guineas to my older chickens? 

 


The wing situation is normal.  However keets need a much higher protein content than do chicks.  They need a quality turkey/game bird starter with a minimum of 26% protein.

 

I often brood keets and chicks together and when I do, I give all of them a 28% protein turkey starter.  I have never seen the higher protein cause any of my chicks any ill effects, but using a low protein chick starter for guinea keets can cause harm to the keets.  They really need the higher protein for proper development of their internals.

 

Good luck.

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would that be why they're eating so much?
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would that be why they're eating so much?


Keets have a high metabolism rate.  They would be eating a lot even if you were providing them with the proper feed.  Eating more chick starter will not make up for the insufficient amount of protein.

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

In wonderful Wyoming.

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

In wonderful Wyoming.

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I wasn't aware that it wasn't okay to feed them chick starter. I will pick up some turkey or game bird starter. will my chicks be okay with it too?
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I wasn't aware that it wasn't okay to feed them chick starter. I will pick up some turkey or game bird starter. will my chicks be okay with it too?


Chick starter just doesn't have the protein levels that keets need.  I have brooded chicks and keets together while feeding all of them 28% protein turkey starter and I have never seen any indication that it was harmful to my chicks.

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

In wonderful Wyoming.

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

In wonderful Wyoming.

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