free range & raising own chicks

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Pops2, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Pops2

    Pops2 Out Of The Brooder

    what would be the IDEAL environmental conditions for guineas to free range & raise their own chicks say even to the point of establishing a small resident feral population?
    what would be the best breed for such a situation?
     
  2. Doctor T

    Doctor T Out Of The Brooder

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    From what I have read, Guineas come from the plains of west Africa. It's hot and dry there.
    A friend of mine was recently on Safari there, and said the Guineas live in flocks that number in the thousands!!
     
  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    IMO.. the ideal environmental (but unrealistic) would be:

    1. Year round mild climate
    2. No predators of any kind
    3. No dangers of a close by, busy road
    3. A big, tall, open but sheltered shed/building with plenty of high roosts for them to use of they choose
    4. Tall trees that provide shade and a good thick canopy year round if they choose to roost there instead
    5. Safe/sheltered areas on the ground for the Guinea Hens to lay and brood their clutches
    6. Plenty of bugs, greens and seeds to eat year round
    7. Constant source of fresh water

    Protection from predators would be the biggest issue... all the conditions I listed above are also ideal for a lot of the predators that do the most damage to free range flocks. And even if the ground predators are minimal, the owls and hawks with make up the difference [​IMG]

    ETA:
    The heartiest Guineas are usually the common Pearl Grey Helmeted Guinea Fowl
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2011

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