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Guinea's checking out new birds on the block

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Joev1973, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Joev1973

    Joev1973 Songster

    Brough home 3 new birds, 1 boy 2 girl gold Sebrights. Guineas are checking them out. I have them in their own little pen as i was worried about the new rooster pecking the chicks.

    All of them are curious and peeking in the cage. Wont be long and im letting them out into the pen. And after a few weeks in the pen they are free to roam

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  2. GuineaCrazy

    GuineaCrazy In the Brooder

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    So funny! I have a flock of 10 guineas and want to get silver sebrights. Beautiful birds! Keep is posted on how they integrate!
     
  3. Joev1973

    Joev1973 Songster

    To be honest i have 23 chickens all 6 weeks old except the 3 Sebrights who are 25 weeks.

    The guineas are being a pain. When i got them they were 7 weeks old. Inwas told to keep them in coop for 6 weeks so they know where home is.

    I cant wait to let them out so they can go and do their thing. They are raising heck in there.

    They are about to have access to a 50x25 pen and after a week or 2 in there im opening the door and letting them be guineas. If they come home at night like i have been working towards that's great. If they choose the trees to roost it wont be from my lack of trying.

    So far they are treating all the chicks fine. But they are starting to challenge each other. A few nights ago i caught them bumping chests with each other.

    When i said raising heck i mean silly stuff that's getting on my nerves. I built several long roosts with room for everybody.

    The guineas will roost early on 1 side of the coop and all the younger smaller chicks will choose another roost. For whatever reason the guinea's will decide right at dark to switch roosts and spook all the chicks off their roost.

    I just think once they are outside being guineas the coop will be more relaxed
     
  4. GuineaCrazy

    GuineaCrazy In the Brooder

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    Oh wow. Sounds like their behavior can be challenging.

    This is my first experience with fowl or livestock of any kind. We started with 6 guineas and I liked them so much I got 4 more. Right now they are three weeks and in a tractor but goodness they want free. They fly and hit the top of the run.

    Did you order your sebrights? I just want a couple hens because they are so pretty. Do you let them free range?
     
  5. Joev1973

    Joev1973 Songster

    I just picked up 3 sebrights 2 days ago from someone here in Tennessee.

    I found them by placing a want ad fir a breeding pair in a local poultry group. I ended up coming home with a boy and 2 girls.

    I dont let them free range as of now as I just got them home and have them seperated
     
  6. Joev1973

    Joev1973 Songster

    On another note while inwas carrying a large pen into the coop i left the door open behind me. Wide open ..the guinea's who i mentioned run circles around me to avoid me ran right to the open door. All 8 of them stood in the wide open door. I thought for sure they would make their escape. They stood and stared out the door and I set down the pen i was carrying and went to shut the door. When I got near it the guineas ran back to the other side of the coop.

    Apparently they don't want to leave the coop. As soon as this tropical storm rain the gulf spit out leaves the area I am covering the run with bird netting amd taking everyone outside into the pen for a few weeks
     

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