Originally Posted by chippysmom327
That's lterally exactly what I was hoping for! Thanks! If I have a broody hen raise them, do you think it will help them want to come back to the coop/lay eggs there? Or are they just free spirits? I'll probably get 3. That's a good number right?
They are definitely free spirits and will figure out they are not chickens and go do their own thing. They might roost with the chickens or they might roost in the trees or a neighbor's barn, they are basically wild birds that use wherever they were raised as "home base" (you hope).
Having just one would certainly make it bond more tightly to the chickens, but they are so fun as a group of wild things, I wouldn't recommend it. We love having them around the farm. The only downside is that the foxes pick off the hens when they nest out in the fields, and we have to buy new keets every few years. This spring I'm buying some buff dundottes, they are sexable by color (at least mostly). I'm going to keep a group confined with the peafowl or turkeys and use them as breeding stock for future years. They are popular for their (well deserved) reputation as tick predators, so I anticipate selling keets in future years.
Did you know they use them in the south to clear rattlesnakes like we use them to eat ticks? Like a mongoose that can fly!
That's one "onery bird" right there.