Gardening with Guineas

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by citrusdreams, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Is it true that guineas will not eat your crops unless you've been feeding it to them as treats?

    I heard that you can keep guineas in your garden and they will eat tomato worms (but not tomatoes), squash bugs (but not squash), etc.

    What are your experiences with guineas in your vegetable gardens?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Not true, sorry. That book "Gardening with Guineas" is quite misleading, really. Yes they'll eat your garden. They'll eat your hostas (mine sure did!) and they will sometimes harrass chickens relentlessly.
  3. stu3796

    stu3796 In the Brooder

    Oct 17, 2008
    NW Ohio
    Only thing my guineas have ever bothered were pumpkins. They left tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and everything else alone.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Mine like to take dustbaths in a couple spots and they like to peck and eat the tomatoes [​IMG]
  5. txchickie

    txchickie Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    Mine don't touch my garden. They walk through and pick out bugs, but have never ate a tomato, pepper, squash, etc...nada. They don't really scratch either, so they don't tear anything up. Then again, mine won't touch leftovers or scraps and my chickens are total garbage disposals---they will eat ANYTHING.

    The chickens and gardens, however....[​IMG] Turds. I had to dig up my azalia bushes last week because they looked like dumb old green bushes, the chickens ate every single pink bud off of them! [​IMG] And I've had to fence off my garden to keep the little peckers and scratchers out of it.
  6. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    mine dont bother the garden
  7. citrusdreams

    citrusdreams Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Well, I guess I'll have to try this new batch and see. My garden is well protected, so if they do any damage, I can always remove them.Thanks for your input [​IMG]
  8. Aj1911

    Aj1911 Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    mine eat some greens but prefer celery over anything in the world [​IMG]
  9. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    i have read the book, and like anything else you will just have to learn by expiernce
  10. Guineas will eat your graden. Depends on the Guinea I guess.

    One thing about a Guinea is that they do not do the scratching NEAR like a chicken does. They like ticks and bugs ON the vegetation. Chickens like the worms, grubs and such IN the vegetation. A chicken will DESTROY your garden simply because they will scratch the dirt out of it.

    Even a small fence will keep them pretty much out (Guinea), but a chicken will find it's way into your garden fenced or not.

    Guinea LOVE to free range and they cover a large amount of ground in a days time. I watch them go over the pature behind the house everyday. I thought I was "busy" unitl I watched the chicikens and the Guineas go at it.
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