Pearl guinea fowl are related to other game birds including pheasants, turkeys, and partridges. They were domesticated from the helmeted guineafowl found
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Grey with small white dots
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
Their eggs are thick shelled and harder to break than most chicken eggs. Pearl guinea fowl are valued as natural pest controllers. Many people raise them to help control the deer tick, which is a carrier of lyme disease. Their diet consists of various insects, including ticks, wasps, bees, grasshoppers and many other garden and lawn pests. They also eat a variety of seeds, grasses and grains. They will also eat chicken feed when offered, and are often fed a game bird feed. Only female guineafowl can make the two- note call that sounds like "buck-wheat". Both male and female guineas can make the single note call. Males will also have larger wattles than a female, but it's often difficult to tell the gender of the bird by looking at the wattles. They are often kept with other fowl because of their high alertness and awareness. They are flock birds and are very social. They do better when kept in a moderate to large size flock than they do on their own. Adult pearl guinea fowl are very hardy. Pearl guineas are great lookouts and are often the first to spot a predator. When they sound the alarm they are very noisy and everyone close by will hear it. When they feel threatened, they will form a tight group and stick together. Sometimes they will follow and harass whatever they feel is a threat. My pearl guinea fowl have saved my flock three times from hawks by letting us know with their loud, harsh calls. The incubation period for guinea fowl is 26-28 days. Young guineas should be kept dry and warm.
Recent User Reviews
"I love my 3 guinea fowls"
Pros - Can watch them for hours, love to cuddle, (mine) aren’t that dumb, look after eachother, beautiful feathers
Cons - Can be loud
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Haha, i can’t think of any more cons to be honest.
Totday they turned 16 weeks already...time flies...
We also have a rooster and a chicken, but the rooster doesn’t seem to accept the guineas (yet?).
That’s why i keep them inside (for now) in a cage (at night)..(i know some of you may find that weird/wrong). During the day they walk around the house and outside in our bigger chicken coop. We also have a little coop, where they’re able to eat from our garden.
Our 3 guineas are very tame; they’re sitting with us on the couch and love to cuddle and ‘take baths’ on their blanket.
They also love to explore the house, they follow us around and are ‘talking’ almost all the time
I really have to say i don’t think they’re dumb at all, they do understand many things, i mean, you can teach them. I think that has to do with the way they were raised. They do remember things very well.
Like, they know exactly when i’m going to sleep, it gets quiet and when i talk to them, like “goodnight sweeties” they do respond.
When my husband gets up early in the morning, they start ‘talking’ to him immediately (haha, yes we checked that).
Anyways, i so love them!minaayindra likes this.
"This is just my own experience with our two...."
Pros - They help with tick control
Cons - Super loud
aggressive towards my other birds
You remember those crisp fall mornings where you could just sit on your porch with a cup of coffee and enjoy the quiet sounds of nature?
Well if you get guinea fowl those days are gone. These things never shut up and have the most annoying squawk I've ever heard. They just squawk and squawk all day long. Heaven forbid if they actually like you because then they follow you around every time you go outside screaming for attention, literally.
We have two guinea fowl, 30+ chickens, and 3 ducks. The only think you ever hear when you go outside is the guineas. They are little feathered bundles of nightmare. They are also quite aggressive towards our chickens and will push them off the food bowls. The ducks seem to hold their own though.
The only good thing I've found from Hankry and Pankry (the names given to them by my daughter) is this year is supposed to have been an incredibly bad year for ticks. If you go into our field you will get covered in ticks, but around our coop and the yard its virtually tick free. They also make fairly good predator alarms if you can ever figure out which noise is the alarm noise and which is just the plain "hey look at me" noise.
If you happen to buy a couple of these make sure you stock up on tylenol.
"I'm a guinea lover!"
Pros - eats: ticks, bugs, snakes, mice, and weeds. Feathers are pretty.
Cons - You have to have a large yard for free ranging, noisy, small eggs, not the friendliest.
I'm going to be honest. Guineas are not for anyone. Most of the time, guineas are antisocial, noisy jerks. If you handle them from keets, though, you can get them to let you hold and play with them. They are noisy and will NOT shut up, so I suggest a coop not attached to your house. Also, the neighbors might object to the noisiness... However, if you live in the country, with lots of pests, the guineas will be perfect. They will kill snakes and mice as well as ticks and other pests. Some people think they're the ugliest things on the face of the planet, but to a guinea person, they are adorable. They are fun to watch when they run around the yard in a little flock. They are FAST!!! I use their feathers for projects, like making Christmas ornaments. Not city birds, but I think they are great. If you're not a guinea person, though, they can be annoying and obnoxious. Gotta love em, though!