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As soon as you  hear the 2 syllable "buck-wheat" call, usually anywhere between 5- 8 weeks (my Mom says they are saying "butt-crack", lol). Only the females make that call. Some start sooner some start later, but 5-6 weeks old is when I start grabbing the "buck-wheaters" and banding a leg so I know how many Hens I have wink

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I hear the noise in the brooder but when I go to see who is making the noise they all look up at me and shut up so I can't tell which one it is. I think I have 2 right now but there could be more since I can't tell if it is the same ones or not.
Mine are 5 weeks old. I love all the noises they make. So sweet!

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thanks!big_smile

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I'm late but I actually came in to say:  when they are 10 years old, you may have figured it out by then!

It's not that you can't look at a guinea that is buckwheating and say "Yup, that's a girl".  You can.  And you can identify lots of males later by wattle size and behavior.  But some aren't vocal, some have confusing wattle shapes, etc.  So you can make a positive ID of
- females that call
- males with the big curved wattles later
- couples that obviously pair off later
- males that chase each other later
but you may find yourself with a few alleged males that keep you wondering. 

If you sit with them as suggested when they are young, and band them as you hear them, you'll get them all, I bet.  But if you're not going to band you may find yourself scratching your head occasionally.

Have fun with it, a little mystery is good.

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I've heard the females say "Come Back"....... lol. Kind of yelling at there babies to stop wondering off.

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1 year probably.

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I am hearing a very clear BuckWheat from two of my guineas now that they are 9 weeks.  but I have been hearing occasional BuckWheat for about five weeks now.

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I don't have help at my place except the horse.... . She offers to hand you tools but usually they wind up across the paddock....  Or waived around till they fall on your toe.   Then she dumps the tool bucket looking for treats....   Then she gets disgusted when you tie her near her up.

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Originally Posted by PeepsCA 

As soon as you  hear the 2 syllable "buck-wheat" call, usually anywhere between 5- 8 weeks (my Mom says they are saying "butt-crack", lol). Only the females make that call. Some start sooner some start later, but 5-6 weeks old is when I start grabbing the "buck-wheaters" and banding a leg so I know how many Hens I have wink


"butt-crack"  yup, that's what they are calling the boys  lau

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Originally Posted by PeepsCA 

As soon as you  hear the 2 syllable "buck-wheat" call, usually anywhere between 5- 8 weeks (my Mom says they are saying "butt-crack", lol). Only the females make that call. Some start sooner some start later, but 5-6 weeks old is when I start grabbing the "buck-wheaters" and banding a leg so I know how many Hens I have wink


Hey... what do you use for bands and what age...  I want to band the first eleven for sure.  Both for sexing and for differentiating between two groups.

deb always learning

I don't have help at my place except the horse.... . She offers to hand you tools but usually they wind up across the paddock....  Or waived around till they fall on your toe.   Then she dumps the tool bucket looking for treats....   Then she gets disgusted when you tie her near her up.

Water management discussion   Water management link list 

Coop rebuild  

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I don't have help at my place except the horse.... . She offers to hand you tools but usually they wind up across the paddock....  Or waived around till they fall on your toe.   Then she dumps the tool bucket looking for treats....   Then she gets disgusted when you tie her near her up.

Water management discussion   Water management link list 

Coop rebuild  

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