Originally Posted by Serenade1
I'm looking at finally adding Guineas to our home, just trying to find advice if I'm better to start with Keets or older birds up to a year? I've currently got chicks and ducklings along with older chickens and ducks. I'm really wanting to free range them since we have almost 70 acres. Plus wondering how many I should have?
I would start out with keets as I think they would be easier to integrate in to your flock of chickens and ducks and would get along with them better if they grew up together. I also think it's easier to get them to stick around your place if they start out as keets. As for the how many to start with, I would get a minimum of 5 or 6. It sounds like you have a lot of acreage, so if you want them for bug/ pest control you may want to do quite a few more. I have 5 acres and have 7 Guineas (which I let free range during the day) and they do a fair job of keeping ticks and other bugs under control, but a few more would do a better job. I've had upwards of 20, which almost completely eliminated all pests on my property (great for my garden) but then they started wandering the corn fields around my house where hungry predators awaited them. Which brings up another point....predators. Because you plan to free range, you may want to a few more than your ideal amount as you will probably lose some to predators. Mine don't run away from things like fox. They are too brave for their own good and try to stand up to predators, which of course, comes to a bad ending for them.☹️ Good luck!