Originally Posted by BirdFarmer21
I have a question. I just bought two adult Guineas one make and one female, I want to know on how to unstress them. They are free range but they are fences in about half a hector of land. I also have about 150 chickens with the Guineas. I just need help on how to relax them so they are not always going crazy and being relaxed. Please help.
IMO, you can't. They do not care for a group of chickens. Thats is stress you could eliminate.
Imo, unless you buy day olds, you will never hold them easily because they imprint from day one. Now I am not saying that you can't force them or break them like a horse but to do that you will need a hockey mask lol. Most people forget that Guineas are weopons themselves. Feet and wings is what you will get so be prepared lol. Geese are even larger weopons! I have seen broke noses with both.
They don't want friends. They want whats in your yard and when you run out, neighbor now gets benefit.
If you just bought, find them a small cage that they can move around easily depending on size and put in a quiet place. I actually house mine in a pen inside hen yard. I bring up to 4 week olds in house and start messing with them then and after that its the big house lol. They don't want you to do anything with them except do what you have to do and get out of there. They say 3-4 weeks are good to keep on property. That may be a larger piece of land, but on 5 acres, mine run off if not penned for 8-10 weeks. If I have birds that are still unsettled and not used to me, well he/she will be last one released. So weeks depend on settling time and most of mine settle all together but every once in the while, I have a stubborn which isn't a problem because I let them out one at a time. Better to loose 1 than 3. I always raise in 3s.
Theyy are not pets although my mom raised. She did have first two tamed and all was well until she bought a parrot too and it flew to her shoulders and the guinea scratched and bruised her face where side of parrot was. Then guinea lived outdoors. My mom had that male and he was trying to protect her.
Then, for 8-10 weeks we sit and look at each other and they are off to start eating.