Do Guineas lay well in captivity?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by SpringtownEggLady, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. SpringtownEggLady

    SpringtownEggLady Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2011
    Springtown, Texas
    I have had guineas for several years. Last spring I lost over 2 dozen to predators. It took quite some time for me to rebuild my flock and I am nervous about letting them out of their pens. Can anyone out there tell me if they have had much luck with guineas laying eggs while locked up in pens rather than letting them free range. I would appreciate any help anyone can give.

    Thank you
  2. ludwing

    ludwing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2013
    hello there"
    we have had guineas for 6 yrs, anyway its nice to have them like chickens, but very noisy like something i' don't know. well guineas that are let to free-range lay thick-shell eggs with good fertility, guineas who are locked have poor fertility. our guineas forange all daylong but lay in the barn.
    first of all you need to teach them to lay in the coop and then let them freerange. if guineas are not locked they will be more wild are lay eggs in hidden spots. luck'
  3. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    That is a good question. I'm thinking about keeping mine locked up because I know that they will wander away and risk being killed. But I simply love their eggs.
  4. sam511

    sam511 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2013
    The larger the space they have access to the better. I plan to keep my hens confined to a large open pen (clip the feathers on one wing) and let the males fly in and out as they desire. Also I will feed laying pellets as a part of their daily ration.

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