guinea questions

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by ticks, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    I was just wondering... how hard is it to raise guineas? how big do they get? and can I see some Pics
     
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  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    My guineas are the size of a large chicken. They are better left to themselves and not tried to tame. Mine free range and never leave the pasture. And they are loud. Very loud!
     
  3. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    o i thought they were bigger thanks missprissy how are your goose eggs?
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They can be tamed with some effort, but it could backfire in a way. I had to rehome mine when my alpha male decided that all RIRs were the enemy. I miss them terribly, even after a year. Yes, they are extremely loud! I had three lavenders and a pearl. Here are my sweet goonie-birds:
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  5. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    wow those are nice birds!
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Here is my bad boy, Dodger. He and the others went to live with a BYC member in Asheville:
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  7. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    how old is he in that pic?
     
  8. @migocontodos~

    @migocontodos~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I must have had direct relatives of yours.
    Ditto what MP said.

    i had 21 guineas, 10 in one cage and 11 in another. The cages were side by side, in direct view and they had contact. The two flocks NEVER combined to make a single flock and each were aggressive to the others.
    I got both as chicks, they were a week apart in age.
    I love to hear them, they are great to watch but their inablity to cohabinate as a flock and their aggressivness really turned me off to owning them again.
    They are by no means similar to chickens.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I think Dodger was about five months old in that picture. They weren't much older when they went to live in Asheville. Todd is correct, they are nothing, absolutely nothing like chickens. Anyone who expects them to be will have a rude awakening. They are more like wild things and even my tame ones would probably have killed Hawkeye if I had kept them. They coordinate attacks by bodyslamming their victim from all sides, again, nothing like chickens. They would only attack my RIRs. My small Barred Rock hen, Lexie, could run them off and they'd leave, but Dodger wanted my RIR, Rosemary, dead, period.
     
  10. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

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    maybe when i move out lol i can get 1 because i cant even have a rooster because theyre too loud LOL [​IMG]
     

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