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I am thinking of getting some guinea fowl eggs and hatch them out.

the probllem is, can guinea fowl be aggressive like roosters??

since the guinea cant be kept enclosed they would have the freedom of the garden where the children play.....
so can guinea fowl be aggressive??

thanks in advance.

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I am thinking of getting some guinea fowl eggs and hatch them out.

the probllem is, can guinea fowl be aggressive like roosters??

since the guinea cant be kept enclosed they would have the freedom of the garden where the children play.....
so can guinea fowl be aggressive??

thanks in advance.


my guineas are not aggressive. i have kept mine penned up but then i got bantams and they are free range 24/7 until i find one laying eggs then i have to lock them up. but i have no problem with mine being aggressive like my roosters

I have 2 cockatiels, 1 parakeet, 1 chichua, i border collie/lab, fish, and now onto the chickens- 2 RIR hens 1RIR rooster 1barred rock,2 golden comet, 1 red sexlink, 1standard cochin rooster wanting hens, 1 unknown rooster freebie, 1 african hen, 3 cochin/easter eggers mix , 3 meat birds, 6 guineas and 25 chicks in brooder along with 3 guinea keets and 1 incubator wit turkey eggs.
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I have 2 cockatiels, 1 parakeet, 1 chichua, i border collie/lab, fish, and now onto the chickens- 2 RIR hens 1RIR rooster 1barred rock,2 golden comet, 1 red sexlink, 1standard cochin rooster wanting hens, 1 unknown rooster freebie, 1 african hen, 3 cochin/easter eggers mix , 3 meat birds, 6 guineas and 25 chicks in brooder along with 3 guinea keets and 1 incubator wit turkey eggs.
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post #3 of 8

Guinea fowl are aggressive to roosters sometimes, but I have never had them attack me.  I have been bit when I was catching them, but they usually do not come very close to us.

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I had 7 guineas last fall and they all free ranged 24/7. When I would let the chickens out of their run, the guineas would chase them all over the barnyard. I hated it, made me so mad at them. Over the winter, I lost 5. The two remaining are both males, I haven't heard the buckwheat call for a long time. Just that annoying honking noise (there's one yelling at something right now...). These two guineas hang out with the chicken flock any time they're out and love the chickens. They get along fine with my rooster.

Since I know these are males and they aren't aggressive, could it be that the females are more aggressive than the males?

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updated 6/16/11: 57 chickens, 9 guineas, 1 peacock, 3 ducks, 10 barn cats, 6 dogs, 9 horses, 2 bunnies, 1 ornamental box turtle (I think I got them all)
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Jenni; wife, mom to 3 girls, animal lover, middle school administrator
updated 6/16/11: 57 chickens, 9 guineas, 1 peacock, 3 ducks, 10 barn cats, 6 dogs, 9 horses, 2 bunnies, 1 ornamental box turtle (I think I got them all)
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post #5 of 8

My guineas will sometimes bully the hens and my cat (she deserves it- she like to "ambush" chickens) but they stay away from humans.  They sometimes will come down the driveway at a vehicle- one of these days one will be road pizza but until then they are free to roam...

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Raising Black and Auburn Javas, Dark, Partridge, and Blue Laced Red Brahmas (love a big quiet bird), Guineas, a few Peas and 10 turkeys.

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Lora

Raising Black and Auburn Javas, Dark, Partridge, and Blue Laced Red Brahmas (love a big quiet bird), Guineas, a few Peas and 10 turkeys.

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post #6 of 8

Mine have never tried to attack me.. actually they would rather not even be near me! tongue

40+ chickens, 3 ducks, 2 guineas, 6 goats, 2 dogs, 3 horses, 500+ cows, and a bunch of crazy barn cats.
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40+ chickens, 3 ducks, 2 guineas, 6 goats, 2 dogs, 3 horses, 500+ cows, and a bunch of crazy barn cats.
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post #7 of 8

I have a single male guinea who was raised with an EE pullet. He dearly loves her and totally freaks when he can't find her. He's a monster with the other chickens, though. He can't come out if the others are loose because he bullies the heck out of the hens and beat my BO roo (ornery and twice his size) to a bloody pulp. He isn't aggressive with humans at all. He likes me in his own psychotic way.

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Pardon him Theodotus: he is a barbarian and thinks the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature. George Bernard Shaw
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post #8 of 8

Ours are not aggressive toward humans at all.  We spent time with them when they were young.  We actually started to train some of them to fly up to our arm to get treats, but they got too big so we quit that.  Now their treats go on the ground...but they will come when called and they like to hang out near us.

The chickens and guineas have a low-level ongoing war for position...nobody gets hurt but there's some chasing,  posturing and pecking.

This is all free-range, FYI.  Could be different if penned.

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