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Guinea Fowl vs Chickens?

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I am looking for a group of fowl to help rid my yard of ticks!! We have bugs GALORE here and I'm not big into spraying my entire yard. I have acres upon acres of land, but am looking for help mainly with the yard and garden. I've looked into both for a while now and get kind of mixed reviews.

 

What I've concluded: Guinea hens are great for ticks but don't harm the garden as much, but sounds like they will roam far and aren't very social. Our neighbors have chickens but still have problems with ticks and uproot the garden.

 

Any ideas/comments/opinions?

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Guineas, like you said, are very antisocial. They won't be held, or eat from your hand unless trained VERY well. But I still love them! :) There is also a way to keep them from roaming too far. For 6 weeks, don't let them outside the coop. They will then know it's their home then! I really love guinea fowl, and they are so great at eating all of the ticks! So the conclusion- if you have the time to train the guineas, they will be great. If not, get chickens. Do some more research, and eventually your fitting choice will be clear! smile.png Good Luck smile.png

-Kyle

SIlkies, Barred Rocks, Araucanas, Ameraucanas, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Cochins, Black Stars, White Leghorns, Brown Leghorns, Jersey Giants, Pied Guinea Fowl, and Lavender Guinea Fowl... A whole menagerie of poultry! 

 

Used to be- BrEdInGfAnCy, now crazy4chickens5!

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SIlkies, Barred Rocks, Araucanas, Ameraucanas, Rhode Island Reds, New Hampshire Reds, Buff Orpingtons, Cochins, Black Stars, White Leghorns, Brown Leghorns, Jersey Giants, Pied Guinea Fowl, and Lavender Guinea Fowl... A whole menagerie of poultry! 

 

Used to be- BrEdInGfAnCy, now crazy4chickens5!

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If you decide to get Guineas they will most likely be attracted to the neighbors chickens, if they can hear or see them... and you will have your work cut out for you to keep them home and doing pest control duty on your own land/in your garden. Does not matter how many acres you have... Guineas are flock birds by nature, tend to wander/range far, and they are nosy, lol.

... Flew the Coop
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I second the wandering nature. I have a flock of 11 guineas and many many chickens and a few ducks too. The guineas group together more than the chickens and less than the 6 ducks, but the guineas wander, and make noise (which I love). We are new to guineas, and they didn't roam until last fall, so cannot tell you about the ticks, but our chickens did seem to help the tick population the last two years.

We live in the middle of 10 acres and the silly guineas bee line down the lane squawk around the lane and then all come squawking back to check in with the rest of my mixed birds. They are comical. I love them, however, my husband wouldn't be sad if I stuck with chickens instead of guineas, he isn't as enamored with their ways. He thinks they lack intelligence, I think they are very habitual creatures that don't deal with change well.

I have trained them to overnight in an enclosed run. Basically as mentioned earlier, I also kept them in the enclosed run w access to the chicken coop for a few months after off the heat lamp. It is their home now and even if they miss coming in at night, they roost on top of the covered runs mere feet from the rest of the flock. I discourage that due to predator risk. . I have built a covered but open to the enclosed run shelter for them, and they hang out there on windy days, but seem to sit on their perch exposed to the night air, wind, rain, and snow with no Ill effects. They did fine all winter and chose to seek covered shelter maybe 1 or 2 nights out of the winter, but generally preferred their perch in the open within the enclosure. Occasionally a few would roost with the chickens but generally they stick together outside.

I didn't seem to answer an questions, but I like the place they have on our little farm, I can't wait to see how they do this summer since they free range most days now. I find them enjoyable and I am amused by their antics. Sorry to tAlk so much about them, but if you want a flavor of them , I hope I helped!
1 greatly tolerant and participating husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 gerbs, 1 guinea pig, several fish. My flock of untold number (really don't know and afraid to count) of chickens, productions, J. Giants, asst bantums, EE, barred & white rocks, L.brahma, SLW, buckeyes, BO, and RIR.
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1 greatly tolerant and participating husband, 2 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 gerbs, 1 guinea pig, several fish. My flock of untold number (really don't know and afraid to count) of chickens, productions, J. Giants, asst bantums, EE, barred & white rocks, L.brahma, SLW, buckeyes, BO, and RIR.
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