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post #1 of 12
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Is it true that guineas will not eat your crops unless you've been feeding it to them as treats?

I heard that you can keep guineas in your garden and they will eat tomato worms (but not tomatoes), squash bugs (but not squash), etc.

What are your experiences with guineas in your vegetable gardens?

post #2 of 12

Not true, sorry. That book "Gardening with Guineas" is quite misleading, really. Yes they'll eat your garden. They'll eat your hostas (mine sure did!) and they will sometimes harrass chickens relentlessly.

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post #3 of 12

Only thing my guineas have ever bothered were pumpkins.  They left tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and everything else alone.

post #4 of 12

Mine like to take dustbaths in a couple spots and they like to peck and eat the tomatoes barnie

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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #5 of 12

Mine don't touch my garden. They walk through and pick out bugs, but have never ate a tomato, pepper, squash, etc...nada. They don't really scratch either, so they don't tear anything up. Then again, mine won't touch leftovers or scraps and my chickens are total garbage disposals---they will eat ANYTHING.


The chickens and gardens, however....hmm Turds. I had to dig up my azalia bushes last week because they looked like dumb old green bushes, the chickens ate every single pink bud off of them! roll And I've had to fence off my garden to keep the little peckers and scratchers out of it.

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Wife to a wonderful chicken tolerant husband, mommy to a 4 year old princess and a brand new baby girl, owner of too many dogs, one mean bunny, lots of guineas, and not enough chickens!
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post #6 of 12

mine dont bother the garden

weather will be weather,   weather ya like it , or not
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weather will be weather,   weather ya like it , or not
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post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Well, I guess I'll have to try this new batch and see. My garden is well protected, so if they do any damage, I can always remove them.Thanks for your input smile

post #8 of 12

mine eat some greens but prefer celery over anything in the world roll

post #9 of 12

i have read the book, and like anything else you will just have to learn by expiernce

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post #10 of 12

Guineas will eat your graden. Depends on the Guinea I guess.

One thing about a Guinea is that they do not do the scratching NEAR like a chicken does. They like ticks and bugs ON the vegetation. Chickens like the worms, grubs and such IN the vegetation. A chicken will DESTROY your garden simply because they will scratch the dirt out of it.

Even a small fence will keep them pretty much out (Guinea), but a chicken will find it's way into your garden fenced or not.

Guinea LOVE to free range and they cover a large amount of ground in a days time. I watch them go over the pature behind the house everyday. I thought I was "busy" unitl I watched the chicikens and the Guineas go at it.

Guinea Data:   http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=1044B438EE7556BB


Guinea Info:   http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/


Guinea Keets:   visit your local hatchery


Poultry Solutions:   http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/solutions.html



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Guinea Data:   http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=1044B438EE7556BB


Guinea Info:   http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/


Guinea Keets:   visit your local hatchery


Poultry Solutions:   http://msucares.com/poultry/diseases/solutions.html



Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -Albert Einstein

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