Guinea Questions

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by LisabethBrooke, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. LisabethBrooke

    LisabethBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to order some guineas. After doing some research I'm positive that I want some. I figured I'd have to wait until next spring to buy some until I found out that many hatcheries sell day old keets till September or October. But why do I have to order 15 or more? Is there any place to get them where I wouldn't have to order that many. I only wanted a few to get started with.
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Guinea keets are small and require at least that many to provide enough heat for them to survive the trip. There are some hatcheries that will allow fewer keets to be shipped. In those cases shipping costs even more as they either add a heat pack or unwanted rooster chicks as "packing peanuts".

    Since the recommended minimum is ten guineas for a flock, 15 doesn't seem like a bad number to order since it is not unlikely to lose some.

    Some hatcheries allow mixing of chicks and keets to meet their minimum orders.

    Good luck.
     
  3. kaymadmom

    kaymadmom New Egg

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    I would ask around where you live, maybe someone near you would be interested in getting a few as well :)
    This summer I picked up 4 guineas fowl. I have enjoyed watching them so much, I now have 20 in the incubator. I bought the eggs on EBay. I love the sounds they make :)
     
  4. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, look on Craig's List's Farm and Garden section. You can also post a wanted ad there. I know there are a lot of individuals like me who like to hatch keets and sell them. I always advertise mine on there. A lot of feed stores also know people who have guineas. It really is best to find them locally if you can. Keets are very delicate and don't always handle the shipping well. And this way you could get only the few that you really want. But be warned, guineas are addicting once you get them. You may start with a few but before you know it the flock will have grown to 20 or more! [​IMG]
     
  5. margaret8

    margaret8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tell me about it! I started out with 18 keets last year now I have 27, I have given away about 20, I have a broody setting on about 30 eggs and I have 36 in the incubator! I think I may sell some!
     
  6. Mistahbue

    Mistahbue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might also want to look to see if there is a Farm and Garden type group in your area on Facebook. That's how I ended up with 2 goats and 2 peacocks. Now I'm scouring the list to seen if there is anyone selling guineas. Would like to get keets that are different colors/patterns starting next year.

    These bird are like tater chips. You can't just have one, or a couple dozen......
     

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