Guinea keet colors?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by GumCreekGuineas, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. GumCreekGuineas

    GumCreekGuineas In the Brooder

    [​IMG] #1 no idea on these
    [​IMG] #2 royal purple?
    [​IMG] #3 lavender?
    [​IMG] #4 no idea
    [​IMG] #5 coral blue?
    [​IMG] #6 slate?
    [​IMG] #7 not sure about these
    [​IMG] #8 white
    [​IMG] #9 pearl grays?

    I think I have them sorted into groups of the same color, but am not completely sure with some of the darker ones. Any help would be appreciated, please reference pic numbers in your responses. Thanks in advance!
  2. GumCreekGuineas

    GumCreekGuineas In the Brooder

    If it helps, these are the mcmurray assorted guinea collection. The list of possible colors are pearl gray, white, lavender, purple, coral blue, buff, buff dondette, porcelain, opaline, slate, chocolate, powder blue, and brown. I have consulted the guinea fowl international color chart which is how I guessed the ones that have possible colors identified.
  3. gourdlady

    gourdlady In the Brooder

    Jul 15, 2013
    Grafton, Ohio
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  5. GumCreekGuineas

    GumCreekGuineas In the Brooder

    Thank you guys for the reference points. Unfortunately, I have consulted them and still am not positive about the colors, especially the ones in the first photo. I am beginning to think that perhaps they are just heavily pied. If anyone can provide additional insight, it would be greatly appreciated :) I have consulted several sites to come up with my guesses.
  6. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    BFE, CA
    You guessed correctly on most of them... good job [​IMG]

    #1 Pintos. These cuties will feather out with a LOT of white on them, and most likely the dark areas will feather in as Pearl Grey (which is the most common variation of the Pinto variety so far).
    #2 Royal Purples
    #3 Lavenders
    #4 Buff Dundottes
    #5 Coral Blues
    #6 Slates
    #7 Pearl Greys that are possibly slightly Pied
    #8 Pure Whites
    #9 Pearl Greys
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  7. GumCreekGuineas

    GumCreekGuineas In the Brooder

    Thank you Peeps! I was hoping you would see my post as you seem to be one of the resident Guinea experts. Of my varieties which are the rarest? I do have another question, would it be possible to keep 2 flocks of guineas on our property?
    They would be about a half mile away from each other but I know they are known to roam. We would like to put a flock of the darker colors (dark to decrease the chance of predation at night) out in our 500 acre deer pen to help out with the ticks (there are a ton of them out there). The pen is fully fenced with 8ft tall fence. It is predator proof as far as coyotes, fox, and wild dogs are concerned since we have to protect the deer from them. However there are raccoons, a few skunks, hawks, snakes, and I'm sure some owls (we have one that roosts in our yard).
    The other flock would be in our yard for eggs, meat (one day) and possibly some keets to sell and/or replenish the other flock. I realize I would need to keep each flock penned up for at least 6 weeks to establish their new home base. But honestly I'm just not sure that the two flocks would not just reunite with each other, I guess no one would know for sure. I can see from the forums that you have a lot of experience with guineas, based on your experience do you think this is feasible?
  8. When I started out raising Guinea Fowl there were not as many colors as there are now. Heck, I remember when I got excited when a few Pie Bald babies showed up.
    The royal purples are pretty common while the lavenders are not so much. I had a few white Guinea, but they seem to be less strong than any of them.
    Now, one can order all types and colors. I just stick to my flock and collect the eggs the hens lay and incubate them once a year.
    I am getting fairly good at finding their nest and I now know that certain call the hens let out when they lay. Yep, they are proud of their eggs just like a chicken.
    When i hear that sound and immediately go into location mode and hunt down the nest.
    Have fun with your new babies.
  9. GumCreekGuineas

    GumCreekGuineas In the Brooder

    Thank you all for your help, it is truly amazing how many colors there are! Prior to ordering these keets, I had no idea there were so many different colors!
  10. Trefoil

    Trefoil Songster

    Dec 7, 2011
    Is there cover in your deer pen that they could use to hide from hawks? Owls are a night predator, as are mostly coons,skunks,ect., so if you teach them to come to a safe coop at night you shouldn't have a lot of problems with them. During the day they will see the snakes and either avoid or gang up on them, snakes and skunks are going to be more of an egg eater than the actual birds. If you have no where for them to take cover from predatory birds you will need to run something with them to protect them from the hawks. I don't know if they will keep separate. But it sounds like, with a few alterations, you may have come up with a good solution to your tick problem.

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