Originally Posted by Narragansett
I just can't help but chuckle when I see people falling for this Guineas as tick predators propaganda. Sure, they do eat them, but so do chickens, ducks, turkeys and peafowl. Some time in the last 20 years some enterprising Guinea breeder hit on the idea of appealing to the gullible, spurned on by their heightened fears of things like Lyme disease, to promote this use as a way to sell more Guineas. They have their attraction, but let's face it, their uses are somewhat more limited than other poultry. The appearance and the noise don't help endear them to just the same type of people who are likey to fall for a good story like this. Do Guineas range further away from their coop while foraging, covering more ground? Maybe, but a similar sized flock of chickens will do the job just as well. Add a few more if you need more coverage, and you'll get more use out of them than any sized flock of Guineas. Don't get me wrong, I do like and keep Guineas, but I also like to think for myself. Does anyone know where there is more tick borne illness than anywhere else in the world? Africa. Does anyone know where Guineas originated, are still found in the wild, and are still kept domestically as we do? Africa. Hmmm, maybe I'm going to promote chickens there as tick predators. I'll make a killing. Their Guineas obviously haven't gotten the memo about what their job is supposed to be.
Have you ever owned Guineas?
Guineas eradicated my tick problem on 10+ acres within a couple years, ranging every square inch of it. Granted, it's not the wilds of Africa, but it was brushy and tick ridden when I bought the place. Tick free now, so am I, and so are all my horses, dogs and cats. Your opinion of Guineas being tick predators being "propaganda" is just that, an opinion. But its fact/reality to many.
Their uses are somewhat limited? LOL! Seriously? Free range eggs (for years longer than a typical chicken will productively lay), LEAN meat, keets, pest and weed control, alarm system? I beg to differ.
And don't most chickens just stick around close to the coop and wait for... oh, what's that junk they eat? Oh yah, scratch. Have ya seen the price of corn lately?
Those of us that actually own and raise Guineas know the facts about their benefits And btw, my Guineas definitely got the memo, (all of the memos actually). They more than earn their keep on my land.
Edited by PeepsCA - 8/8/12 at 4:58pm