Guinea psychology question about doors

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by texcalkas, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. texcalkas

    texcalkas In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2008
    I have a question for any guinea fowl people. Why do they like to peck at my back door? I have lived in two different houses and have had several flocks of guineas, none related to the other, and every flock has had this attraction to our back doors. On one house the back door was multiple panes; they pecked almost all of the caulking out of the rows they could reach. At our current house they are working on the caulking on the sliding glass door as well as the ripped screen. As they are pecking at the caulking and glass one or all of them gets to "pot-racking" at the top of their lungs. I think it's pretty hilarious but the rest of the family finds it gets on their nerves really fast. Just to not be discriminatory the first flock of guineas went across the road and destroyed a neighbor's sliding glass door. [​IMG]

    I am in Kansas and in the last two weeks have observed my two guineas mating so I am thrilled. I didn't know if I had a pair or two of the same sex.

    Mine often get in the pen of Cochins and will chase them around. They also chase cats...


  2. feathersgalore

    feathersgalore Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Guineas love to look at themselves and seek out "shinny" things. Mine will peck at the tires (if the cars are clean). Are they able to see themselves in your door? This could be the problem. Try hanging a mirror (I use the camping mirrors). This will give them a good place to admire themselves.
  3. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    Guinea's love to see their reflection. I have a mirror in the coop and I catch them admiring themselves quite often.

    Females guinea's make a two syllable sound, something like "buck wheat, buck wheat" Only the females can make the two syllables. Males just have one syllable. To make it even more interesting, the females can also make the same one syllable noise as the males.

    Good luck on having some keets in the future!

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