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First time own of Guinea chicks~ what do feed and how to care for them

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Soaring Chicks, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    Henderson,NC
    Hello,
    I got a new bator today and along with it 1 chick and 4 eggs about to hatch.
    I have flock raiser that I fed our meat birds with. Will that work for them? 22 %
    If anyone can give me the ends and outs of care for them that would be just great!
    Thanks!
     
  2. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Gamebird Starter is what I used. Keep 'em warm, give 'em clean water and handle them often if you want them to be less skittish. Some will tame down and some won't. That's just how it is with guineas. They do enjoy something to perch on and a little mirror. Guineas love to look at themselves; they're so pretty!
     
  3. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Virginia
    A little higher protien feed will be good for guinea keet's.I don't give any of my bird's medicated feed anymore but some people have had good sucess with it.Guinea's aren't good for pet's I have found every newbie I have ever hatched go insane when you pick them up.I never had any problems getting mine to roost in horse stall though as I did try to handle them daily as babies even though they didnt like it.They become flighty early and graduate quickly.Im sure your's will do just fine.
     
  4. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    Henderson,NC
    Thank you. I did not know if they need more care then chicken chicks.
    Do they stress easy? I just want to make sure they live and are keep healthy.
     
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    I fed mine Flock Raiser with the rest of my flock. I reccommend a set of ear plugs! My husband refered to them as the "Air Raid Sirens"
     
  6. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    Henderson,NC
    Quote:Thats great! I want to be able to fnd some egg but mostly want them for bug control and clean up after my horses.
    Glad to here they do great with hoses. The feed I have is 22% That is the hightest I could find around here. I do have scratch feed and bird seed. I know they will be to young for the later ,but it would be ok when older right. Thanks for all the help ! I've wanted some for so long! Was a great day for me! New babies and new Dickey 3 tray w/hatcher bator! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    Henderson,NC
    Quote:Well as long as it keeps the wild animals abay and warns when something /someone is around and eats bugs and ticks , I'll love the noise , now the people who live near? Oh well I'll just have to let them know what they eat. [​IMG]
     
  8. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Virginia
    I have not raised any guinea's different than my chick's or duckling's.I think 22% feed should be fine for them starting out.If you are planning on free ranging them anyway as most people do with guineas they will eat bug's and stuff all day long.Personaly I wouldn't go crazy on feed once you get them on ground they are more than self sufficient in finding what they need.Let Us know how they do.
     
  9. Soaring Chicks

    Soaring Chicks Soaring Hawks Farm

    Jan 3, 2010
    Henderson,NC
    Thanks! I was thinking ahead ~ this winter and if we get a lot of snow again. That I could feed some of the seeds and stuff to help them winter.
    I got buff, pos Lav,pearl and a mix of those colors. I want some dark purple ones too. I might just have to get some eggs for my new bator! [​IMG]
     
  10. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Quote:Well as long as it keeps the wild animals abay and warns when something /someone is around and eats bugs and ticks , I'll love the noise , now the people who live near? Oh well I'll just have to let them know what they eat. [​IMG]

    Oh trust me! They will let you know when a leaf blows through the yard!!
     

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