Adding Keets

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Rose66, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Rose66

    Rose66 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can I put fifteen 2 1/2 week old guinea keets in with thirty-eight 2 week old chicks?
     
  2. cracking up

    cracking up Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think you will have a problem with it. Watch them for a while and check on them now and then for the first couple of hours.
     
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  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be fine together... just make sure they all have enough space and watch that than none of the littlest ones get picked on or trampled. I'd be also sure to provide 2 or even 3 feeders and waterers for that many babies so nobody gets crowded out and goes hungry or thirsty. And you may need 2 different heat lamps so everybody can get to the warmth if they need it.

    Keep in mind that the keets require a higher protein starter food than chick starter, so try to find a Turkey, Pheasant or Game Bird starter feed containing between 25%-30% protein and make sure it is medicated with Amprolium to prevent Coccidiosis. The chicks will just pass the extra protein, but the keets need it to grow and develop at the proper rate.

    Good luck with them, post pics if you can!
     
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    cracking up Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At two weeks they will like perches about three feet high. Eventually they'll spend most of the evening on them and it makes a nice get away during the day. It won't be long before they can get on a perch that is six or seven feet high.
     
  5. Two Creeks Farm

    Two Creeks Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be fine. Mine decided they like Turkeys better then Chickens to hang out with!

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  6. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:What a cute picture. [​IMG]
     
  7. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes, adorable pic! Everybody looks so healthy and content [​IMG]
     
  8. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Perches are a great idea, good suggestion [​IMG]

    These roosts are around 3 feet and 5 feet tall in my old (free) Miley horse trailer that I converted into a keet brooder... plus they have the the saw horse that the heat lamp is hanging from to roost on for the smaller babies that aren't quite old enough to get up on the perches with the big boys yet... (I swear they all poop on that lamp on purpose! lol).
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