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Can guineas eat the same food as chickens?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by dylan729, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. dylan729

    dylan729 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking about getting a Guinea or 2 but i was wondering if they could eat the same food as my chickens.?
     
  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Yes but only after they are grown up. You should start the Keets on High protien Gamebird starter. The Keets grow much quicker and are more active than chicks therefore they need more protien.

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  3. dylan729

    dylan729 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thx. How old do they need to be before they can eat my chicken feed?
     
  4. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    I am thinking 7 to 8 weeks at least. I raised up forty last year and I will be darned if I remember when i put them on flock raiser. I am sure someone will give you a more definite answer.



    By the way.... Welcome [​IMG] from San Diego.
     
  5. dylan729

    dylan729 Out Of The Brooder

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    All right ill wait like 10 to be safe. But thx for the help
     
  6. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Yes, my guinea does great on my chickens layer feed.
     
  7. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Layer feed (with 16% protein in it minimum) starting at 12 weeks is recommended, (this is also fine for adult Guineas, year round), Before that age they should still be on a grower feed with around 20% protein because they are still growing and feathering in with adult feathers. They still need the extra protein and amino acids.

    Scratch grains should be given only as a treat (it's all carbs/sugar and fat, usually less than 10% protein in it... AKA junkfood).

    ETA... My reply was mostly aimed at the original OP's question, but I should also add that newly hatched keets from 0-6 weeks do best on high protein Game bird, Turkey or Pheasant starter feed, (around 28% is optimal for fast growth and feathering), medicated with Amprolium.
     
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  8. dylan729

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    Alrighty then 12 weeks, thx to everyone who replied ur advice is very helpful.
     
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Great, thanks! I was wondering this myself.....
     

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