11 hens and 1 roo?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by looptloop, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. looptloop

    looptloop Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Pilot Hill, CA
    Back in the spring I got a dozen guinea's. I was out there this morning looking them over to see if I can tell if they are male/female. It looks to me like I have 11 hens and 1 roo. There is only 1 with long wattles, the rest all look the same. Forget trying to listen to them, they all make the same sound.... I never heard the one with the big wattles make a sound.

    Is this too many hens? Should I try to get another male? I would be willing to re-home some of the females if necessary.

  2. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Songster

    Aug 27, 2009
    I would get more males. Mine always pair off.
  3. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Songster

    Sep 11, 2010
    Are they being kept in a pen or free ranged? The wattles are not a definite way to tell, but they are a good indication. The females should be making the "buck-wheat" call by now and it is a definite way to tell them apart. If you are letting them free range then I would get some more males as they tend to pair off in the breeding season. If you were to rehome the females you should not have a problem, most people are always trying to get rid of excess males.
  4. looptloop

    looptloop Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Pilot Hill, CA
    Sadly, I decided to post them on Craigslist today. I realized I bit off more than I can chew. I woke up this morning to 1 dead guinea and 1 missing. So now I have 9 hens and 1 roo. I'm disappointed because all I have done is worry about them, and feed them. It's costing me a fortune in food. Not to mention that the whole reason we wanted to move out here to the country was for the peaceful atmosphere, which they completely destroy noise-wise. I'm quite certain they bother my neighbor, who would never tell me they do....

    Wish me/them luck in re-homing them and taking one thing off my to-do list!
  5. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco Songster

    Jun 29, 2010
    Greene County, PA
    Wish you were in PA, I would take all of them. Mine follow me around wherever I go. On the tractor, up in the woods, down by the stream, everywhere. My posse watches out for me! [​IMG]

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