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How can i tell the sex of my guinea fowl?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I bought 2 very young Guineas and were told 1 was a male and the other a female. Now they are fighting and making each other bleed its terrible. I assume that means they are both male.
How can i tell the difference. They are my first guinea fowl so i am a little confused.
Help
Do i need to keep them in separate them?

post #2 of 8

First let me says it is very unusual for young keets to attack each other, especially those raised together.

Second, when this behavior does occur it is usually environmental.
In other words, they get too hot, not enough food or water, or are cramped in too small of an enclosure.   

If you are sure the environmental factors are not present, then perhaps the keets were from seperate pens with no previous contact.

If these keets were older (almost adult), I would say might be male against male.  Except, I have never known them to draw blood in these battles. (Unless they are from two seperate flocks).

As far as sexing keets, (unless you are experienced at sexing by their vent), sex is usually determined by their call. The female making a two-syllable call. 

If possible, could you post a picture?

The real economy is the result of creating/growing things using the direct or the stored power of the sun.  40+ adult guinea fowl (pearl, pied, coral, blue, royal purple, and white), 200+ adult coturnix quail (Texas A&M, Jumbo Brown) and many still in the incubators (3 LG, and 1 Bower 845)
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The real economy is the result of creating/growing things using the direct or the stored power of the sun.  40+ adult guinea fowl (pearl, pied, coral, blue, royal purple, and white), 200+ adult coturnix quail (Texas A&M, Jumbo Brown) and many still in the incubators (3 LG, and 1 Bower 845)
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post #3 of 8

I have never heard of guinea fowl being sexed as very young.  I would guess they can be vent sexed but have never seen a hatchery actually do it.  I dont think the fact that they are fighting means they are both males.  It is more likely that they are not hatch mates and were put together out of different hatches, but that is just a guess.  with guinea fowl they may just fight for the heck of it.  I would seperate them if it looks like one is doing actual damage, otherwise I would expect them to figure it out.

post #4 of 8

I agree with Munchies on every point.

If those two keets were raised in the same pen then they should be very bonded to each other and almost create their own "herd". Thats what my 7 3 week old keets do.

It sounds more like your keets are either too hot or in too small of a cage.

(I've had 2 cocks in the same batch of keets twice and they never really fought.)

Good luck and I hope you figure it out smile

-Hannah of Wise Steward Farm; http://www.facebook.com/wisestewardfarm -

“Mommy” to one Aussie, three Peafowl, Guineas in White/Lavender/Pearl, mutt free-range layer/pet chickens, Buttercups, & Silkies

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-Hannah of Wise Steward Farm; http://www.facebook.com/wisestewardfarm -

“Mommy” to one Aussie, three Peafowl, Guineas in White/Lavender/Pearl, mutt free-range layer/pet chickens, Buttercups, & Silkies

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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Sorry i forgot to mention they have grown up now. They about 3 months old. They grew up together and are free range from 8am to 5pm everyday. I doubt it is environmental its a steady temperature in the day here and always have access to water. Its kind of strange but they seem to be settling down now. i separated them and they made so much noise when they couldn't see each other. They seem to be happy again..?  I'm a little confused

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Originally Posted by BillyRocks 

Sorry i forgot to mention they have grown up now. They about 3 months old. They grew up together and are free range from 8am to 5pm everyday. I doubt it is environmental its a steady temperature in the day here and always have access to water. Its kind of strange but they seem to be settling down now. i separated them and they made so much noise when they couldn't see each other. They seem to be happy again..?  I'm a little confused


Well then, sounds pretty clear, that they are not a mated pair. 

But just for reference, a female will lower her posture when poked or clawed by a male. She will put her head lower, wings drop, and she will retreat. 

Two males will charge at each other wings held high above their back, often jumping at the other if the other doesn't run away, but even a male running away will hold its wings high above its back. 

Which posture do your birds have during their battle?

The real economy is the result of creating/growing things using the direct or the stored power of the sun.  40+ adult guinea fowl (pearl, pied, coral, blue, royal purple, and white), 200+ adult coturnix quail (Texas A&M, Jumbo Brown) and many still in the incubators (3 LG, and 1 Bower 845)
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The real economy is the result of creating/growing things using the direct or the stored power of the sun.  40+ adult guinea fowl (pearl, pied, coral, blue, royal purple, and white), 200+ adult coturnix quail (Texas A&M, Jumbo Brown) and many still in the incubators (3 LG, and 1 Bower 845)
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post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

They both stand High and charge and jump at each other.
Well i guess that solves it.... The cute little couple i got turned out to be not a couple at all hmm


Edited by BillyRocks - 6/6/09 at 7:44pm
post #8 of 8

Ah well.

At least you know their both cocks now.

-Hannah of Wise Steward Farm; http://www.facebook.com/wisestewardfarm -

“Mommy” to one Aussie, three Peafowl, Guineas in White/Lavender/Pearl, mutt free-range layer/pet chickens, Buttercups, & Silkies

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-Hannah of Wise Steward Farm; http://www.facebook.com/wisestewardfarm -

“Mommy” to one Aussie, three Peafowl, Guineas in White/Lavender/Pearl, mutt free-range layer/pet chickens, Buttercups, & Silkies

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