Originally Posted by Spottedhorse
Hello! I'm new to this and I mean by that I haven't even started yet! Just doing my research before I jump into this. I'm on 65 acres and have plenty of room. What's the lest amount you should get for a flock for them to feel comfortable and happy. Don't want to get to many to start. Was thinking maybe 3-4 at first? I've been looking at how to build a coop and stuff like this but how old do you usually get the keets when ordering and what's the best feed for them and how much do you feed at first? If I'm going to do this I want the best for them and also what kind of diseases do they carry and how to manage them???
The recommended minimum number of guineas is 10. They are a flock bird and do best when there are more of them.
The coop should be built with a minimum of 4 sq. ft. of free floor space per bird. A tall coop is preferred as the guineas like to roost high.
Ordered keets are normally 1 day old when shipped. Most places have a 25 keet minimum when ordered but there are some places that will ship a minimum of 15 keets.
Keets need a quality high protein starter feed. I recommend a turkey or gamebird starter that is at least 26% protein or higher. I keep the feeders full and let the keets eat as much as they want. @PeepsCA recommends a high protein starter feed with amprolium in it to protect the keets against coccidiosis.
Keets should be started under heat that is 95°F measured at the bedding level. The temperature can be reduced by 5°F each week until it is down to the ambient temperature.