Guineas and chickens - feeding them together?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chirpy, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    I am seriously thinking about getting some Guineas this spring with my order of chicks. I need some help with feeding them. Do I have to keep them separate and give them different kinds of food? If so, how do you feed them separate once they are sharing the same hen house and run?

    Help?!
     
  2. mdbucks

    mdbucks Cooped Up

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    I feed mine what the chicken needed, starter/grower. never had seperate food for guineas, and they alll survived
     
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    Oh - I like that answer ... makes life much easier. Thanks.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You can feed them chick starter. Guineas, however, really need higher protein than chickens to grow to their full potential, higher than is good for chicks. 30% gamebird starter is the ideal feed for keets, but naturally, that would be bad for chicks. If you raise them on chick starter, they will most likely be smaller than they normally would be, but they'll survive okay.
     
  5. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I also kept mine with my chickens........they had access to both kinds of feed.......that with higher protein....and to reg chicken layer and scratch...... the chickens didnt bother the Guinea high protein feed.......
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I was only addressing the keets, not the adults. As adults, I fed my guineas what my chickens ate since they did live together (at least for awhile). I think to give them the best start, higher protein gamebird feed it better, but after they've developed to close to laying age, about 15 weeks old, regular chicken feed should suffice.
     
  7. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    That is all exactly what I needed ... thanks so much.
     

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