French Guineas?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Randy, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
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    How long do these live? I know they get a lot bigger than regular guineas so I was wondering if they just got real big real fast and then died off like meat chickens or if they have a normal life span.
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I believe they have a normal life span, but I'm not sure. I don't think they get too awful much bigger than regular guineas though.
     
  3. French Guinea fowl apparently must be artificially inseminated.

    They do grow a bit larger than the domestic Guineas by about 2 poiunds.

    The French grow them for table food.

    They seem to be a bit hardier than domestics and as far as I can tell live and play just like thier cousins.

    As far as I know, the life cycle is similiar.
     
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  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    And they only come in the regular pearl color, too, I believe.
     
  5. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
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  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:I've heard that about the AI as well, it's similar to the problems with the BB turkeys. But I know some people that have french guineas that do breed naturally, I guess they just aren't as big as they are supposed to be.
     
  7. I am going to call IDEAL hatchery and get the skinny on this.

    I also have heard, that they are actualy HYBRIDS !!

    I will let you all know. Inquiring minds want to know.
     
  8. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
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    Quote:Hybrids of what?!? Guinea/Cornish?? [​IMG]

    Shelly
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I did call Ideal once and they told me that they usually do have to be AI'd.
     
  10. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
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    From now on I'm going to do research before I buy something.[​IMG]


    Thanks for all the replys everyone. I guess I can try eating some of them since I won't be raising them. LOL
     

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