bare heads? when? and other questions

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Turkeyrun, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Turkeyrun

    Turkeyrun Chirping

    Jul 30, 2009
    We have 5 week old pearl keets. They are starting to look a bit scruffy on the back of their necks. When do they lose the sweet stripes on their heads, and will their heads really look very blue or purple for a while?

    I think some are trying to make the buck wheat call. . . . isn't this a little early?

    When are guineas considered fully feathered?

    Are there other key developmental phases to watch for?

    When do you let them out to free range?

    Thank you

  2. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    They will loose thier stripes when they're about 3 - 4 months old.
    I noticed my guineas looked pretty funny when they were 1 - 2 months old! [​IMG] They look prettier when they get older! [​IMG]
    When they're about 1 month old. Just as long as all their fluff is gone. [​IMG]
    I have a broody hen that hatched out 4 keets, they have free ranged since day 1. Makes it easier when they're older, because you don't have to leave them locked up for 6 weeks when they're older. [​IMG]
  3. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX
    They will go through a few molts during this time and look pretty scruffy! If you have never raised guineas before then you might think they have lice or some other problem. That is a normal stage. By the time they are about 5 months, they should look like normal guineas. I let mine free range when they are fully feathered and can fly. I don't let them out when they have any fluff. The fluff gets really wet from dew and will chill them and usually kill them. About 6 weeks is when I let mine out. I move them out of the barn to a 25X25 uncovered pen that is 6ft tall. When they start to fly out, I let them go where they want.
  4. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Songster

    Dec 2, 2009
    Sunny side up :)
    I have 5 guinea and the 2 males, especially, have more blue on thier heads than the 3 females now. I haven't heard of that meaning anything but its wierd.

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