Guineas and chickens.

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by FriendlyFlyer, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. FriendlyFlyer

    FriendlyFlyer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so I have a flock of 9 Chickens now and I'll be adding 12 or so to the flock next spring. I'd also like to get 2 Guineas also. My parents are on the edge because they say they're TOO noisy and night fly away.
    Now I know that if I raise them from day one they will know where home is, but since they will live with chickens will the 2 Guineas free range where the chickens do or go farther? Will they know to come back at night when the chickens do? Will the guineas even like the chickens? Any answers would be much appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. ccshambhala

    ccshambhala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 6 guineas (and 4 keets) with our flock of chickens. They were raised with our chickens and most go in at night to roost with the chickens. Each has its own personality - altho most of the guineas stick with the guineas and free range much farther, a couple tend to hang with the chickens sometimes too. They are noisy when they want to be. I do think my flock freeranges farther because of them (altho I am happy to say my chickens stay on my property - my guineas do not (so far no complaints from neighbors - I try to check with them periodically (and give them eggs lol) and ask they let me know if it becomes a problem for them)) I do think they help to keep my flock safer overall. If I walk my dog (who stays on a leash) thru the back of our property the guineas will come toward us screaming - moving en masse TOWARDS us - it seems like that would be very intimidating to most predators!! [​IMG] My biggest problem is that my guineas can be mean to the chickens - and the boy guineas tear up the backs of my girl chickens [​IMG] so sometimes I wish they did not hang with the chickens so much!!
    I hope you can get them - they are a fun addition - but you do need more land to have them (IMO).
     

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