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i was in a live poultry market and saw tons of sick looking guinea hens locked up in cages being used for meat?  The place has been shut down many times for their cage conditions and but now its back in business?  Im gonna buy a chicken from them to keep as a pet and im thinking of getting a guinea hen.  So i should buy two of them because they shouldn't live along right?  Is it best to get two females or should you get a male and female?  How do you tell he sex of them when they are in tiny little cages?  If a accidentally bought 2 males would they fight like two roosters would?  And can you tell me how to care for them cuz as you can tell i know nothing about guinea hens?

10 layers, 8 Meat Birds  2 Geese , 1 Duck, 2 Bulldogs, 2 Guinea Pigs, 2 Beehives, & Tilapia Fish
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10 layers, 8 Meat Birds  2 Geese , 1 Duck, 2 Bulldogs, 2 Guinea Pigs, 2 Beehives, & Tilapia Fish
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My understanding is that 2 males won't fight when there are no females present to fight over. I house my spare roosters together and they all survived the experience, even though I had a male and a female guinea in with them. 

I don't know about the place you are going to, but at the fur and feather swap where I bought my guineas, the guineas were very vocal--- and the female has a 2 syllable cry that the males don't make.  You can also ask the sellers--- they will probably be friendly and helpful if you are friendly to them. 

As for their care, pretty much like chickens except that guineas are better flyers, and a bit on the wild side. It's best to keep them confined for at least six weeks after you get them so they know where their home is.  Mine are confined right now because I want their eggs for hatching, plus I have predators around here and don't want to lose any.  My pen is made of six-foot high chain link, it's about 10x12, and has a 'roof' of plastic chicken netting over the top to prevent them flying out.  I put the netting up this spring because my guineas were flying out during the day and only going back at night, and I lost 2 in a snowstorm and was left with only 2--- luckily a male and a female.

And--- by the way--- don't worry too much about the guineas at the market being 'sick looking'.  They may be just unhappy because of being caged and will perk up when they get to their new home.

Insel Lyr Farm, Daggett, Menominee county, upper Michigan, USA: Ancona and Aylesbury ducks, guineas, chickens and Imelda the Chocolate turkey. Also sheep and a goat.
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Insel Lyr Farm, Daggett, Menominee county, upper Michigan, USA: Ancona and Aylesbury ducks, guineas, chickens and Imelda the Chocolate turkey. Also sheep and a goat.
http://insellyr.blogspot.com  https://www.facebook.com/insellyrfarm

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post #3 of 5

As what was said in a thread I made:

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Originally Posted by Lollipop 

Takes about six of them to make one brain.


Guineas are basically little peafowl in how they act. A couple males shouldn't fight with no mates around, but if you get females for them you'll need a few.

Garrett
Proud 5th generation Conch and husband of Shadowhills Farms.
3 Conch Republic Gypsies, 1 Black Copper Maran,, 3 Pekin Ducks (1 adult, 2 ducklings), 2 Silkies, 1 Spalsh Maran Roo and a whole slew of chicks
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Garrett
Proud 5th generation Conch and husband of Shadowhills Farms.
3 Conch Republic Gypsies, 1 Black Copper Maran,, 3 Pekin Ducks (1 adult, 2 ducklings), 2 Silkies, 1 Spalsh Maran Roo and a whole slew of chicks
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I bought 6 Guineas and did not do my homework before releasing them on our farm. 1 is hanging around but the other 5 are out in our pasture somewhere. I thought they hung out in flocks? Why have 5 left while 1 still hangs out around our home?
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5 became coyote / owl dinner, one did not... yet!

Get it cooped up at night.
 

Ducks: (8 Pekin), Chickens: (4 Buff Orpington, 1 Red Star, 5 Barred Plymouth Rock, 5 Jersey Giants, 4 Cuckoo Maran, 2 Blue Cochin, 2 Silver Laced Cochin, 2 Black Cochin), Guinea: (5 pearl, 11 lavender, 9 pied, 5 white)
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Ducks: (8 Pekin), Chickens: (4 Buff Orpington, 1 Red Star, 5 Barred Plymouth Rock, 5 Jersey Giants, 4 Cuckoo Maran, 2 Blue Cochin, 2 Silver Laced Cochin, 2 Black Cochin), Guinea: (5 pearl, 11 lavender, 9 pied, 5 white)
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