Do guineas do well in the wild?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by andrew6d9, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Songster

    I was just wondering if anyone ever let some of their guineas out and if they survived in the wild good? i'm just wondering.
  2. Roree-23

    Roree-23 In the Brooder

    May 22, 2011
    One of my neighbours accidentaly let all the guineas loose and didn't manage to get them all back. They have now formed a little wild colony in some fields behind my house. They have survived wild for 3 or 4 years now.
  3. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Songster

    what kind are they?
  4. peepsandquacks

    peepsandquacks Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    I am sure they could....but I wouldnt trust them in the wild. They can barely survive in captivity...
  5. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    BFE, CA
    Most become predator meals in a real short time period. There may be a few "streetwise" Guineas out there that can survive, but it's not common that they thrive and continue as a feral flock all on their own.
  6. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    I have never penned mine except when they were just hatched as soon as they can fly out the pen i start leaving the door open and they start joining the older birds that have been hanging around their pen waiting on them.
    As they get older they take to the trees at night instead of going in the pen this goes on untill all of them take to the trees and the pen is left empty or just have goslings,ducklings and or chicks.
    This is how i raise my birds together and they always get along and watch out for each other.

    I loose one to owls once in a great while but other than that they have great survival skills.
  7. racuda

    racuda Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    North Carolina
    I've only lost one to an owl. I think mine could survive here in the wild pretty well except for one thing: they would eventually die out because I have never had a Guinea hen successfully raise a keet. After a week or two they always disappear.
  8. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    I agree they would die out eventuly, i collect eggs and hatch at the first of the season, then any hens that are laying in the safe zone i leave to sit ususlly there are 3 to 6 guineas per nest on my front fence and in brush piles i have set up for them;
    As the keets hatch i gather them up and put them in the brooder pen and the moms usually find their way to their babies and even mange to fly into the pen and stay with the keets,
    Its pretty cool to watch them rejoin their babies and take on others as well.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2011
  9. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Songster

    thanks for the pics and the story i like your farm [​IMG]

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