Guinea Keets & Age

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Sugroxz, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Sugroxz

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    What age will my baby Guineas start saying their calls so I can tell for sure which are male or females?
     
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    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of the Hens will start buck-wheating as early as 5-6 wks old, others will wait much longer... more towards 8wks. Some start earlier tho.
     
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    Quote:Thanks for your reply... My older ones are like 5-6 weeks old and then have some younger.. I am sure with my luck they will hold off to make any sound.. LOL
     
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one Hen wait till she was 8 months old before uttering her first buck-wheat, AND she was a door bully on top of that the entire time! She almost ended up in the crockpot, lol.

    Sometimes it helps to divide the keets into 2 groups (2 cages)... within earshot, but out of sight of each other. They may call out to each other and then you can put a band or a zip tie on their leg to ID them. (I squirt mine with a squirt bottle so I know which one I need to catch, then I band a leg lol).
     
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  5. Sugroxz

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    Quote:[​IMG] That is an awesome idea to squirt them.. Cause when you get in there to catch them they all look the same.. LOL Do you think there is any truth into the males walk taller than the females do? Some old man told me that is how you can sex them at such a young age.. If that be the case I have a pot load of males..
    I've noticed my one Guinea female when I get into the pen and catch chickens she runs at me looking like a hard shell beetle like the chickens are her babies but when they are just loose in there she bullies them. LOL
     
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    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL yah, usually the males have the tall, aggressive stance/posture, with the wings raised over their backs looking tough, but I have had females act that way too... silly birds!

    Do a search on "bustle" and you'll see some of my older posts helping another member with sexing her birds (or trying to anyway, lol).
     

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