Guinea Fowl

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mysterious, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. Mysterious

    Mysterious Out Of The Brooder

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    If I were to raise 2 guinea fowl right now would they survive there is not any snow on the ground right now, because it's early spring.
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! I'm sure they would be fine if you were thinking of adult Guinea fowl. Keets would need to be brooded what ever the weatber. I'm not a keeper of them myself but I see you have found the Guinea section where I'm sure the keepers there will be able to help you.

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
     
  3. Mysterious

    Mysterious Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks
     
  4. Mysterious

    Mysterious Out Of The Brooder

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    But I am thinking of keets
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    :frow Hello again! :)
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. guineapeeps

    guineapeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guinea keets should be fine as long as you keep them under a heat lamp, but make sure they have enough room to get out from under the heat if they get too hot. Also, make sure they have easy access to food. I use 22% game bird crumble because they need more protein than chickens. I have always heard not to use the medicated chick starter for guinea keets as they eat more food than chicks and process it differently and can get sick and die if given the medicated crumble. You also want to make sure they always have chick grit and water. If they are really young, you may want to add marbles to the water so they will not fall in and drown. Personally, I love having guineas...they are great for bug/tick control. Mine go through my garden and pick off the bugs but do not eat any of the plants/vegetables. During spring, summer, and fall, they are prolific egg layers. Their eggs are about the size of a small chicken egg and have a very hard shell, but they are great for baking with a really rich flavor. All of my hens seem to be very fertile and so far they have all been great mothers and do well raising the keets on their own. As for the males, they seem to actually participate in helping to raise the young keets and are very gentle with them. I will say, though, that they are much harder to tame than your average chicken and quite a bit more of a wild personality. Good luck!
     

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