Can Guinea and chickens be raised together?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by porkchop48, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2008
    Malta, OH
    i currently have a batch of chicks that I am raising and an adult flock in the coop.

    I want to get some guinea, can they be raised with the chicks? or should I wait till the chicks are out of the brooder and then get them? I wanted to make sure they are big enough come winter.
  2. Balefire

    Balefire Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Orwigsburg PA
    I'm raising 4 chicken and 10 guineas together. 6 of the guineas have been a week old ( 4 I bought last week), when I got them and they shared the brooder with my peeps and now all 14 birds are in the outgrow pen together.
  3. Spoiled1_629

    Spoiled1_629 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2011
    Midland, TX
    I have 15 chicks and 12 guinea keets. They have all been together since they were just a couple of days old (they came in separate shipments). They are all great buddies so far.
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    I brood my young ones all together no problems except the guineas now stay with the geese and try to go into the pond with them but at least the hawks don't mess with them as the geese are huge now.
  5. melroseladi

    melroseladi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2011
    Melrose, Florida
    I have 4 guineas, 9 pullets including 2 silkies, and 1 young rooster and so far no problems. I got the guineas as adults so they were not raised with chickens. I have been adding to my chickens since first getting my silkies back in march. They all free range most of the day. The guineas do not bother the chickens but the chickens will chase the guineas off. The rooster only pays the guineas a mind when he hears their frantic alert and then heads straight to where they are. They all share a large run and the guineas do roost in the hen house with all the chickens except the rooster and my 2 pullets that are not so nice, they roost in the rabbit shed.

    I am hoping to build the guineas their own secure roosting area if the weather ever cools down a bit.
  6. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:I love this last picture..... "come back.... My friends ..... Pweeessse" I have noticed my guineas will wade through the water without hesitation.
  7. Lacey1988

    Lacey1988 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    Yea You can
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It's not always so rosy. Guineas can be highly aggressive to chickens, especially during their mating season. Many folks find this out the hard way. They've been known to actually kill roosters. Many, including myself, had to choose between guineas and chickens when the guineas zeroed in on one certain group of chickens (they seem to hate red colored ones, no joke) and whatever rooster is in charge. They body slam their victims from all sides, making defense impossible. You may not see a problem till they approach breeding age.

    Guineas do better in larger groups living separately from the chickens so they can form their own society. They are not domesticated like chickens, have a laying season, and do pair up male/female, unlike chickens.
  9. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    Greene County, PA
    My Guinea and chickens get along just fine. I do keep them in separate coops so they are not together at night. During the day they go in and out of each others coops, but have never had any confrontations. But my ducks rule the roost and keep all of them in line. [​IMG] You should have at last 10 Guinea so they stay among themselves and leave other fowl alone.
  10. porkchop48

    porkchop48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2008
    Malta, OH
    I do plan to keep them seperate as adults but what I was asking about was as chicks.

    I only have the space for the one brooder and that was my concern.

    As adults they quineas will be down by the pond, the chickens will be up here on the hill.

    Looks like I have some more reasearch to do. Thank you guys for your help.

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