Does anyone have friendly guineas?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by A roo or two, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. A roo or two

    A roo or two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I purchased keets of 3/4 days old the first week of August. After reading all about them I anticipated having birds I was pretty much just gonna catch fleeting glimpses of as they darted around my yard chasing bugs. They were way different than chicks from the beginning with their loud chirping when you had to pick them up for any reason. So I pretty much just let them be, figured nature knew what it was doing and if they weren't going to be friendly oh well. They were housed with chicks of the same age. They only free range at this time under supervision due to size and have learned to eagerly come when treats are offered to herd them back into the coop. They actually come easier than the chicken do.

    The other day I had their treats already outside with me and when it came time to put everyone up I opened the bag and here they came running, the guineas that is. I offered a couple bites out of my hand and then when I sat back they hoped into my lap looking for more! For the last three evenings they come over and get in my lap to get their treats and actually allow me to pet them. This is way more than I could have EVER expected given what I had read about them.

    I was just curious if anyone else had guineas that were like this?

    Here they are sitting with my hubby yesterday.
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  2. remcbride

    remcbride New Egg

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    Don't have guineas at this time. But what are you using for treats, and will they come to you without treats .. and thats a good pic..
     
  3. A roo or two

    A roo or two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They love dehydrated mealworms, that's what we have been using. Yes they will now come over to me when I don't have treats. Will even hop in my lap and look around to see if I have anything hidden :)
     
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  4. farminglady

    farminglady Out Of The Brooder

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    My guineas are soooo friendly and I love them dearly. They are about 6 months old now and were raised with chickens in a pen seperated by a wire wall that my indian runner ducklings were in. Everybody goes into the barn at night and comes out to freerange first thing in the morning and they all get along just fine. I have 2 LGD's that stay with my birds. 2 weeks ago I introduced 4 3 month old Peafowl chicks to the flock. My guineas have been very kind to the baby peas, quite curios and gentle. The peas stay inside the barn and I plan on freeranging them with the rest of the flock. I love, love, love my guineas.....especially when the 13 of them show up at my front door and quietly call in thru the screendoor for me to come out and play! :)
     
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  5. farminglady

    farminglady Out Of The Brooder

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    Guinea fowl LOVE white millet seed, cooked spaghettini noodles,cooked chicken and sunflower hearts. Mine come tearing across the farm when I yell, "CHICKENS AND GUINEAS!"....its sooo funny to watch 13 guineas look up from whatever they are doing and come running faster than they possibly can....with 6 chickens and 3 roosters attempting to keep up. Oh and....my 5 puddle ducks in the rear. Lol
     
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  6. A roo or two

    A roo or two Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome!! I hope that means mine will stay friendly. Mine are houses with 9 pullet and 1 cockerel. Two pullets were just recently added to the mix and my guoneas are like yours very gentle and sweet to the newbies.
     

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