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Cold temp. for Guineas?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by taprock, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. taprock

    taprock Songster

    Nov 1, 2010
    Northern L.P. Michigan
    What kind of temperature is ok for a guinea? We are in northern Michigan and as much as they want out the whole day I'm not sure what they can tolerate. Our chickens are not cold temp. birds so I have been keeping them all in and the guineas are really picking on the chickens out of boredom.

  2. birdman123

    birdman123 Songster

    Sep 18, 2010
    woodsfield ohio
    mine roost in trees below freezing
    i dont like it when they do but they dont seem to mind
  3. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy Premium Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
    I've wondered this myself. There are not too many nights below freezing in Africa. I have a covered roosting area for mine but it is not enclosed. Keeps off the rain and some of the wind but will get as cold as the outside temp this winter. I hope we hear from those who have had guineas a long time on this.
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    mine handled the cold ok last winter

    they got alot of supplemental sunflower seed from me, but never would stay in a coop- course our winters aren't like yours- maybe a seprerate coop or shelter for them- or expand the one you have and section an area off for the guineas?
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2010
  5. henjoy

    henjoy Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    I don't know how far north you are, but we live 1/2 hour north of Bay City and never had a problem with guineas roosting outside except during one terrible sleet storm. Then most of them came to roost on our covered porch. We never could get them to come inside. Alas, they liked the neighbor's strawberries a lot and so had to be rehomed. I miss them
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Mine are more likely to roost in the building than some of my chickens are. I think I've still got 10-12 OEGB roosting in the trees and all the guineas are in the barn or in the rafters of the front porch [​IMG] Teaching them which building to roost in is a bit harder than teaching them to roost in a building [​IMG]

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