Raising Guinea Fowl 101 - Page 138
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Its working, they will set more nests too. If you have an incubator I'd hatch.
How warm is the brooder. is it eating at all?
I need some experienced advice. My female guine lost her mate last year and has had only chickens for company. Saturday I bought 4 juveniles for companions. I read where u need to keep the new guines in a pen for 8-10 weeks. That's good for the new ones,but she has always stuck around and beds with the chickens. Yesterday (2nd day for new ones),I put her in with them. She like to have torn the pen apart for a good 5 mins. Now I'm wondering if that was the right thing to do. She finally settled down and was quite. My question is should I leave her in for all 6 weeks to get aquainted or let her out with some of them!? Do u think she will stay around, or fly into the woods since she has other quineas to fly off with? Trying to do the right thing to keep them around the house.
I would leave her in. You want the flock to bond, so thats the best way about it. The new additions need more time to learn "home" and bond to her. She will be ok, having other guineas will help her settle in. 6 weeks seems almost too long for me but it depends on your comfort zone. I would start training them to a call now tho. You can whistle, shake a can of grain etc but it should be LOUD. Randomly do this a couple times a day if you can. Once you make your noise, drop treats like millet, sunflower, whatever they like most. By time you are ready to let them out, they will know to come when you call them. I call my birds in a few times a day just for head counts, and to keep them trained. I do this with all my poultry, waterfowl and livestock, makes daily chores so much easier.
I'm so sorry to hear.