Are they smart enough to hide?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Zullo, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. Zullo

    Zullo In the Brooder

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    Today while the guinea fowl were wandering the yard, I noticed a hawk circling above. Before long there were 4 of them. The guineas seemed totally unmoved by this danger while the rooster made haste into his coop.
    My question is, are they smart enough to take cover? I actually shooed them into their coop (thank goodness they follow me) and locked them in. Will this need to be my continued practice? I was kind of hoping for a little of the rooster’s wise choice.
    I already lost one. I would like to keep the rest since it is a small flock.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Generally one attack educates them.
     
  3. Celeste Cannon

    Celeste Cannon Songster

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    They might take cover after it's too late, you might want to build them some protection if you want to keep them free range.
     
  4. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Crowing

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    See if you can get a recording of a guinea alarm call, maybe on Youtube, and play it for them. They might get the idea.
     
  5. Zullo

    Zullo In the Brooder

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    They actually have plenty of places to take cover. I get the feeling the hawks need to be quite close before they realize the danger. They don’t appear to get be very bright birds.
     
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  6. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Crowing

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    Where and how were they raised? Guineas are less domesticated than a lot of other poultry, and they usually seem to be fairly sensible birds.
     
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  7. Zullo

    Zullo In the Brooder

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    I got them at a day old and followed advice from others who had already done this. I am not seeing sensible at all. Although they do stick close around the property and for that I am grateful because I have heard they are wanderers. I can only hope this turns out well for them.
     
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  8. Shamo Hybrid

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    I think the guinea fowls are too big to be afraid of attacks from above?
     
  9. Fishkeeper

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    Nah, chickens bigger than guineas will avoid potential predators. Hawks and eagles can take on something much larger than the average guinea.
     
  10. tigger19687

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    LOL ok I watched this and all the did was stand there then run around. Not one hid
    So much for that idea lol
     

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