Do Guinea fowl mate for life?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by iajewel, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2008
    Corning IA
    I heard Guinea mate for life? is this true and if so, how many hens can a male have?
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Judging by the behaviors of mine, I believe they mate for the season. But then again I've not had much luck keeping the same hens from one season to the next, so they might [​IMG]
  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    In my flocks... they only mate for life if there are no other choices... my Hens are hussies and my males are gigalos, lol. I've seen them switch mates mid season, I have seen Hens soliciting other males and I have seen males breed with every Hen they can [​IMG]
  4. rosawoodsii

    rosawoodsii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2009
    Until recently, I had two hens, a pearl and a charcoal. The cock definitely had a preference, and only hung out with the charcoal when the other was nesting. Now that she's hatched her keets, he hasn't so much as glanced at the charcoal, and he's helping the pearl hen raise the keets. In fact, he may have run the other hen off. He treated her pretty badly when breeding season came, and now I haven't seen her for 3 days. My opinion? They pair off at least for the season. I may never know whether it's for life, because if all the keets are pearls, I'll never be able to tell which is which.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2011
  5. southern oaks

    southern oaks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2011
    Southern Illinois
    Quote:[​IMG] mine too.
  6. GuineaLady93

    GuineaLady93 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Cameron, NC
    My Coop
    Well I started with 4 hens and 4 boys and each of the boys picked their hen and stayed with her. But about 2 weeks ago a fox or something got one of the hens and her hate just went and took a hen from one of the other boys now because there are 4 boys and only 3 hen the boys fight and change mates.
  7. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2011
    east taunton
    i think the males can breed with 3 females and i think they breed for life.[​IMG]

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