Guinea Pigs - chickens - Red Tennessee Bobwhite Quail "kept together?"

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by country freedom, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. I've read somewhere that Grey Jungle fowl do better if kept with various ground pheasants (or other ground birds) and guinea pigs.

    It's like out in the wild, being with different animal species and bird species feeding together helps keep all interacting and looking out for all.

    I have been thinking of putting my 5 guinea pigs in with my chickens and also Red Tennessee Bobwhite Quail in with them -- piggies don't dig, and it would kinda mimic how animals help look out for each other in the wild while feeding in a loose group.

    Instead of Speckled Sussex and Orpingtons, I'm just going to have various breeds of bantams-since my household has been getting smaller-and I don't have a serious need for eggs out of my ears

    I will have a henhouse with 3 henyards. Once weekly, animals/birds will be moved to another yard.

    But first - Has anyone tried anything like this? If not, I'd like your opinion- all are welcomed.
  2. hooligan

    hooligan Songster

    Aug 20, 2007
    The guinea pigs that are sold in pet stores are domesticated and not suited to live outside.
  3. I'm resurrecting this thread because I have a friend asking me if she can keep her guinea pig in the same coop as her chickens. They are all pets that belong to her kids, and she'd like to keep them all in the same area, which I think is a large dog kennel with wire over the bottom to keep out predators.

    Any thoughts on keeping the guinea pig in with the chickens?
  4. American4Sq

    American4Sq Hatching

    May 16, 2009
    NE Kansas
    our four female guinea pigs and our bunny share their space with our four Silkies - the workshop area of our basement is divided into two areas, the shop and the "barn" - we cover the concrete "barn" floor with hay and they live together quite happily - the birds go out during the day but sleep inside at night, on nice days the pigs and bunny go out too - we also have lots of boxes and tunnels for the pigs and the Silkies sleep up higher on a bale of hay - our guinea pigs do eat the chicken feed so watch for that, they can all eat the same treats though - it works for us but guess that it would depend on the personalities of the individual animals
  5. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    I think it can work like American4Sq says: it depends on the personalities of the animals, particularly the chickens and the breed of chickens-- I know my Buckeyes would kill or hurt any small mammal-- they chase squirrels and chipmunks with great zeal. I think Bantams would be better suited for this arrangement & of course, if brought up together, then certainly, it would work.

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