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Guinea Pigs - chickens - Red Tennessee Bobwhite Quail "kept together?"

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I've read somewhere that Grey Jungle fowl do better if kept with various ground pheasants (or other ground birds) and guinea pigs.

It's like out in the wild, being with different animal species and bird species feeding together helps keep all interacting and looking out for all.

I have been thinking of putting my 5 guinea pigs in with my chickens and also Red Tennessee Bobwhite Quail in with them -- piggies don't dig, and it would kinda mimic how animals help look out for each other in the wild while feeding in a loose group.

Instead of Speckled Sussex and Orpingtons, I'm just going to have various breeds of bantams-since my household has been getting smaller-and I don't have a serious need for eggs out of my ears

I will have a henhouse with 3 henyards. Once weekly, animals/birds will be moved to another yard.

But first - Has anyone tried anything like this? If not, I'd like your opinion- all are welcomed.

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The guinea pigs that are sold in pet stores are domesticated and not suited to live outside.

But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy. --Plutarch
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But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy. --Plutarch
Come check out Oklahoma Chickenstock 2008!
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I'm resurrecting this thread because I have a friend asking me if she can keep her guinea pig in the same coop as her chickens. They are all pets that belong to her kids, and she'd like to keep them all in the same area, which I think is a large dog kennel with wire over the bottom to keep out predators.

Any thoughts on keeping the guinea pig in with the chickens?

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our four female guinea pigs and our bunny share their space with our four Silkies - the workshop area of our basement is divided into two areas, the shop and the "barn" - we cover the concrete "barn" floor with hay and they live together quite happily - the birds go out during the day but sleep inside at night, on nice days the pigs and bunny go out too - we also have lots of boxes and tunnels for the pigs and the Silkies sleep up higher on a bale of hay - our guinea pigs do eat the chicken feed so watch for that, they can all eat the same treats though - it works for us but guess that it would depend on the personalities of the individual animals

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I think it can work like American4Sq says: it depends on the personalities of the animals, particularly the chickens and the breed of chickens-- I know my Buckeyes would kill or hurt any small mammal-- they chase squirrels and chipmunks with great zeal. I think Bantams would be better suited for this arrangement & of course, if brought up together, then certainly, it would work.

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