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I initially had started out with 6 guinea 3 years ago. I was down to 3 before yesterday. I went and bought 4 more yesterday, these new guineas are a year old. I put them in with my other 3 adults. They seem to be doing fine, other than the one adult one was going around pecking the 4 newbies on the head. My question is this, When I bought my first 6 I had then penned up for a month, seen=med to do the trick as far as not running off. Will I need to do the same thing with these 4 or will they learn sooner from the other 3? Of course I would need to leave all 7 penned up since they are all together.

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I initially had started out with 6 guinea 3 years ago. I was down to 3 before yesterday. I went and bought 4 more yesterday, these new guineas are a year old. I put them in with my other 3 adults. They seem to be doing fine, other than the one adult one was going around pecking the 4 newbies on the head. My question is this, When I bought my first 6 I had then penned up for a month, seemed to do the trick as far as not running off. Will I need to do the same thing with these 4 or will they learn sooner from the other 3? Of course I would need to leave all 7 penned up since they are all together.


What I do when introducing new guineas to an established flock is to put a cage with the new guineas in the coop with the established flock.  Once the guineas stop fighting through the cage, I begin releasing them in with the old flock.  I normally will release one a day, which normally gets the released one(s) hanging around the cage to be near the ones that they are comfortable with.  Once all of the new guineas have been released, I remove the cage from the coop.

 

It usually only takes a couple of days for the fighting through the cage to stop.  In the case of adding 4 guineas, it would probably take me about a week to get everyone released.  Having an established flock seems to help keep the newbies around.  I also try to make sure that there are plenty of hiding places in the coop so that any guinea that is getting picked on has plenty of opportunities to escape their tormentor(s).

 

Good luck.

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

In wonderful Wyoming.

Bob

 

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I would keep them all locked up for a week or longer. That way they can establish bonds together and the new birds will be less likely to take off or wander off.

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Thanks to both of you. They seem to be getting along fine. My first batch of guineas I had them cooped up for a month.  Since I have 3 established guineas, would it be safe to leave the 4 new ones with the 3 cooped for a month or do you think a couple of weeks they would be ok to let out and hope the 4 new ones follow the 3?

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