Guinea Population

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Greendecember, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Greendecember

    Greendecember Out Of The Brooder

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    Everywhere I read and everyone I talked to said get more birds than you want to have. Most won't make it past keet/chick stage. So I thought I'd like in the end to have about 6 chickens and 10 guineas. We have 5 acres full of ticks. They were bought for pest control and the chickens for a few eggs now and then.

    I dono what I did but I came out WAY ahead of the game. At current I have 11 pullets and 23 guineas. I lost one chick to a broken or misaligned jaw and one keet to a nerve disorder. Now my itty bitty coop is over run with HUGE guineas and comical pullets.

    The chickens are very well behaved. It gets near dark and I tell them to coop up and in they go. Most of the time the guineas are already in the coop. Here lately the same 7 it appears have turned rebel on me. of the 3 nights they spent out the 3rd was VERY cold. since then I have only had one guinea roo who decided the oak tree over the coop was good enough for him. That was only one night then all back in the coop again.

    I thought for sure I would loose some to predators or even my LGD but nope still all happy and healthy.

    NOT meaning to sound like I am complaining. I am actually pretty happy with my results. :DOne excepting factor.... I need to build a bigger coop and more roosts!

    They are currently in an old storage building. I almost have a out door pen finished that is attached and a little more sq footage than the coop.

    Any ideas for cheap, fast, roosting materials and coop designs? Pay day the run will be finished. I am thinking of putting some roosts in there till I can manage another coop.

    Best laid plans of mice and men as they say... I had plans for an awesome coop to build this spring but I don't think I can wait that long and I don't really have the cash yet to build the super coop.
     
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    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    are you close enough to a local sears, they get their riding mowers in wooden boxes - fairly large and you could use them as temp coops at night untill you can save up for a more permanent structrure....
     
  3. Greendecember

    Greendecember Out Of The Brooder

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    I did not know that! What an awesome idea! Thank you. I will see if they have any in and if not I will stock up this spring with extras just in case!
    Even if I don't use them for the birds I bet I could convert them into shade for the goats in the pastures this summer!
     
  4. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Shade for the goats? I'll bet that they will spend more time on top jumping off than inside!
     
  5. Greendecember

    Greendecember Out Of The Brooder

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    That would be ok too. [​IMG] I aim to give them the option though. [​IMG]
    We live in Oklahoma and it gets pretty hot here come summer. Most of our pastures have shade trees but the one on the east side does not.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. doxies1

    doxies1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two by twos or two by fours ripped make good roost. Go to http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/forum and search . any 1.5 topl 3" straight limb works. I use Locust, last forever, or Sumac, easy to find long straight poles.
     
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    Greendecember Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks [​IMG] I will give it a look.
     

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