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My wife and I have been raising Turkeys (hence the name). A few days ago we found 2 Guinea "hens" according to the sign on their pen at the feed store, we were curious so bought them. We're really wondering if you can get lappers like you can with turkeys that can really show you a different brand of love and companionship. Our older lap turkeys just recently passed away but we have others we're working on. Kind of curious if Guineas can be that way or if this might be a new challenge for us.
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I have two guineas that are decent to me - that is, they do not run from me and act like I am the devil - but they were hatched and raised with turkeys. They are no where near as affectionate as my turkeys (I freakin love my turkeys!!!). Some people have managed to have a guinea that will fly to them and rest on their shoulder or lap but it is rare and not as easy to achieve as with turkeys or geese, in my experience. I have raised 30 guineas last summer and now this past weekend I hatched 13 more. I have two that are easy to handle, one being one that was sick and that rode around in my sports bra for two days, the other being a little badass that runs up to me acting tough and out of fear of hurting his image manages not to cry or run away when I pick him up. lol

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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I had a very special relationship with my BBB Hen (Mars) she would sit watch TV with me sleep on my nightstand on cold nights and mother me when I was sick. When she started laying eggs for 3 weeks she did everything she could to lay one in front of me. I think she thought that was the most special gift she could give me. She passed away about 3 weeks ago and it's been tough though I have two younger turkeys that have been trying to do everything they can to help me feel better. One has been sneaking in at night and I wake up to this little Jake cuddling up with me. Mars raised them for a short time and I think she passed along the relationship to them even though I didn't spend nearly as much time with these youngsters as I did with Mars
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I had a very special relationship with my BBB Hen (Mars) she would sit watch TV with me sleep on my nightstand on cold nights and mother me when I was sick. When she started laying eggs for 3 weeks she did everything she could to lay one in front of me. I think she thought that was the most special gift she could give me. She passed away about 3 weeks ago and it's been tough though I have two younger turkeys that have been trying to do everything they can to help me feel better. One has been sneaking in at night and I wake up to this little Jake cuddling up with me. Mars raised them for a short time and I think she passed along the relationship to them even though I didn't spend nearly as much time with these youngsters as I did with Mars

 

I certainly believe it. Turkeys are amazing. I had no idea until recently.

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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