Guinea Markings

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Rose66, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Rose66

    Rose66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2011
    My keets will be 6 weeks old this Friday and their markings appear to be more barred looking rather than polka dots. Is this normal at 6 weeks? If yes, at what age do they get their polka dots? They are all pearl guineas. Thanks!
  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    Yes that's normal. My Grey Pearls usually lose the barring and all their brown baby feathers at around 10-12 weeks. Sometimes it depends on the weather and temps, but by 16 weeks old they should definitely be all Pearled, feathered out in their adult plumage, with no barring except on their flight feathers.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011
  3. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2008
    North Carolina
    Beware, they are getting ready to enter the Ugly Stage!
  4. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Hey, Rose![​IMG]

    Glad to hear you have Guineas, too! One more thing we have in common.[​IMG]

    Ugly stage? But, no! Right now mine are so adorable! I don't want an ugly stage. The chicks can do that but not my pretty keets![​IMG]
  5. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:Yeh the Pterodactyl stage.... the stage where you will see one say Buck Wheat then turn around to see who said that.... LOL I also call them Tweenagers.... Cept for that whole Texting thing... [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. CYGChickies

    CYGChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    One of my guineas was yelling Buckwheat before they were two weeks old. It was one of three whites and it was a tiny version but I'd recognize that raspy cry anywhere! Luckily none of the others have started that yet although they're coming up on three weeks. They're still pretty now. [​IMG]

  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:I am hearing a Distinct Two syllable PEEP peep from at least four or five separate voices in my brooder. Very clear peeps but its a buck wheat pattern and timing. They are not quite at the Pterodactyl stage but they are getting biggg fast.

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