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Adding Guinea Fowl?

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I live in a small town where there have been free ranging Guinea Fowl for as long as anyone can remember. In fact, the largest flock of about 10-15 it is believed aren't owned by anyone and are basically wild by several generations. They never come within a block or so of out property however. There is another lone guinea that tends to visit out property once or twice per day. It belonged to someone a few properties from us that is now in a nursing home so it is also wild now for all practical purposes.

As we are getting insect damage to some of our crops on our small plot, I am toying with what benefit we could get by adding some more. I don't let the chickens out of their run and wouldn't want to combine them into the chicken coop or run. My thought was to add 6 or so with their own shelter but I want them to free range while sticking mostly to our 1 acre property. My fear is that they would end up joining the wild flock to never be seen again. Thoughts?

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I don't think anyone can say for sure. If you keep them locked up long enough you will have a better chance of them hanging around, since they know they will get a guaranteed meal and shelter from bad weather and predators.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Hatch them from eggs and tame them with treats such as millet, mealworms and grapes, they will stick around through they may wander a lot if your yard is only 1 acre. But even if they do end up joining the big flock they will probably bring the others to your yard!
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