At what age are they full-grown?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by hoog, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. hoog

    hoog Chillin' With My Peeps

    I want to start labeling the birds with colored cable ties. I figure I will bring one at a time into the brooder and listen for the female's call. Anyway I need to know if they're big enough that I won't have to try and catch them to adjust the cable tie size later.

    My question is at what age are their legs full grown?
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2011
  2. ozguineafowl

    ozguineafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2011
    By 5-6 months they are fully grown the pearls grow quicker than the mutations hence the 5 - 6 months

    Hope this helped
  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    I band legs with assorted colored zipties (cable ties) at various ages so I can tell who is who and who hatched out of which flock etc... typically I put the bands on loose enough to allow some growth and the band can move up/down freely on the lower leg, but tight enough to not slip off/over the foot or up over the hock joint.

    At 12-14 wks my keepers get their final band that stays on until the sun degrades it enough that it falls off, if it ever does (I have had some stay on for years, especially the black ones). As I mentioned I leave a little room for growth, even at this age... normally about half the thickness of the leg bone at it's narrowest spot. I have yet to have a 12 wk old outgrow a band.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2011
  4. hoog

    hoog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks that's exactly what I needed to know.

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