Does anyone know anything about Guineas????

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Mystery Peepers, May 13, 2009.

  1. Mystery Peepers

    Mystery Peepers Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2009
    If anyone knows anyting about guineas, I'd love any info!!!
    I've got a few 1 week old ones and a few 1 1/2 month old ones.

  2. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    Well, I don't know alot but...they are excellent buggers, they can be very noisy. Some people like and want that. They are good alarm systems if you have chickens. They are cool looking.
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    There's lots of info on guineas if you do a search for it.
  4. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    I have heard that they are good at letting you know when strangers are around. I really like the sounds they far...(I don't own any lol an uncle does tho) From others, I was also told that they eat snakes...etc...
  5. froggie71

    froggie71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Shamong, NJ
  6. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Just be sure to thoroughly home them. The week olds may be o.k. with 6 weeks confinement in their house, but the older ones will need 8 weeks. Give them a comfy place where they can see their surroundings and they'll be fine, won't even remember it later. They aren't the smartest birds around, so it really takes a lot to teach them where home is.
  7. Neat web site.

    Guinea fowl are very hardly once you get them past about 3 weeks of age.

    They come in a variety of colors and there is a "french" Guinea that is somewhat larger than the regular Guineas. These only come in the common "pearl" color.

    Guineas use one nest usually for all.

    They require 28 days to hatch out.

    They are extremely loud, but not really obnoxious.

    They will clear your propery of ticks, they LOVE ticks.

    They will alert to hawks and dogs.

    They can not protect themselves as a rooster can, but the can fly long and high.

    They are EXTREMELY aggressive during mating season and they will hurt your chickens if they are not raised with them.

    Do a search, there is boat loads of info on this site.
  8. Mystery Peepers

    Mystery Peepers Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2009
    Thank you!
    Yes, we wanted them to
    1 eat bugs ( my sister has already had lymes this year)
    2 an alarm system
    3 they eat sankes, the deadly ones we have around here are,
    copperhead, cottonmouth (water moccasin), and rattle snake.
    say hello to the south!

  9. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Quote:This statement may or may not be true depending on how close to the house they decide to be. Mine run all over the roof shouting at everything. I love my guineas, and I find them to be soo entertaining that I'm willing to overlook the noise. My BF is ready to slaughter every one of them.
    Insofar as an alarm system goes, it's not exactly fool-proof. If I got up to check every time the guineas went off, I'd have no time for BYC.
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Isn't that the truth? They don't only let you know when there are strangers around (which they DO do, by the way), but they also let you know when you are wearing a hat, or when the wind is blowing, or when their hen is laying an egg (mine 'stand guard' and screech while the hens are hiding), and if that little person is on the swing set again, or if the dog they were investigating decided to sneeze....just about anything that is out of the ordinary will cause an alarm [​IMG] Oh yeah, they also like to let you know when they are coming in for a crash landing, very useful tip that [​IMG]

    But if you seriously want guineas for tick control, you'll probably need a lot of them. I have 5 guineas, and at least 60 free range chickens, on 10 acres and there are still a ton of ticks!! Thank goodness the hens have a nest, maybe they won't be so stupid as to loose ALL the babies! [​IMG]

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