an guineas and chickens, such as banties and full size chcikens be raised together

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by ksmissy, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. ksmissy

    ksmissy New Egg

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    I just recently got moved to the country, and at 69 yrs old raised chickens years ago, but now since hubby and I are in the country, we want to have a few full size hens, a few bantams, and some guineas, can I put them all in one house/pen together is I purchase them all the same age and the same time,? Help, I have only had quineas once and that ws 30 yrs ago and they were adults.
     
  2. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    maybe if you purchase/order newborns....someone more quailfied may see and answer this but
    from my experience, and I have all of the above,my bantam and full size chickens get along but they don't
    like the guineas in thier sleeping pen.....they do all get along just fine when out free ranging during the
    daytime or up around the house just not in their pens come bedtime.
    funny thing though as the chickens don't think twice about going in the guinea pen if their gate is open!
     
  3. Debbienmousey

    Debbienmousey Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think it partially depends on how big your large fowl will be and how small the bantams will be. I personally do not house my LF with my bantams normally, but occasionally I'll have a couple smaller mixed breed LF in with the Silkies. I've hatched and brooded bantam and LF chicks together before, and they usually do fine until the LF chicks start to get a lot bigger than the bantam chicks. I've also raised guineas with my Silkies, I haven't raised both together as chicks but I've let the Silkies hatch the guineas and kept them in the same pen until the guineas were full grown. After the guineas got to a bigger size than the Silkies and started getting really active (running all over and flying) the Silkies seemed to get annoyed by them, but the guineas didn't really pick on the Silkies (only a little here and there).

    Also, are you going to be free-ranging your birds during the day? If you free range them then they should get along together better. The large fowl and guineas should definitely be fine together(we house ours together), if you end up with one or two mean guinea cocks you can always sell or eat those. The bantams may work fine in the mix too, just make sure that they aren't too much smaller than the large fowl birds and guineas. Sometimes even the smallest bantams have big attitudes and stick up for themselves quite well though [​IMG]. I would probably suggest either raising the chickens and guineas together, or getting the chickens first and then get the guineas as day-old keets or young keets about 2-3 months after the chickens. Good luck! :)
     
  4. berniezahm

    berniezahm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Quad of Mille Fluer D'Ulcce, a pair of Red brested Old English Game birds, a pair of Self Blue OEGBs, 3 three Guineas; one cock two hens, and 4 large frame chickens, two Roos and 2hens all housed in the same coop. They seem to get along fine most of the time. There are times when they squabble but not often and no knock down drag out fights. None of the Bantum Roosters take any lip from the LF roos or the guinea cock. The bantums and guineas all roost on a 2 x3 about 6 feet off the ground. all the LF chickens roost on a pole about 3 feet of the ground.One of the MFD Roos is the cock of the walk, so to speak. He is a trough little feller. I'm not sure my situatiuon is not the norm but they have been togather for over a year now. All are healthy and none look beat up.[​IMG]
     
  5. ponyup

    ponyup Out Of The Brooder

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    I have peacocks, guineas, and various chickens. They are all free range, and mingle together really well. The peacocks and guineas nest together up in a tree at night. If there are any disputes it is usually among those who are of the same. The guineas bicker among themselves, and the chickens have their own thing going on the side. Now that being said there is a pecking order as far as who gets the goodies first, the peacocks are alpha when food is involved. I have had them for years with an occasional duck mixed in and do not seem to have many problems. We all co exist on 6 acres with 2 percherons, 1 mini donkey, 3 cats, 6 pigs, 5 dogs, 3 guinea, 3 peacocks, 20 hens and 4 roosters.
     

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