Guinea's sexing

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by JR, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. JR

    JR Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to Guineas and have heard that you can not sex them.Is it true the only way to tell is if they lay eggs they are females?Are the males and females really that much a like?
     
  2. Ace_king_brahma

    Ace_king_brahma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Males screech mostly and hens are the ones that make the famous "buckwheat" call. Both will screech when alarmed though so try to listen when they are calm. I noticed but this isn't always true that males develop larger horns. Though I've had a hen or two with big horns too. I heard something about the wattles too but that escapes me at the moment.
     
  3. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The adult males have larger cupped wattles, and the females have small wattles in comparison. Also the males have a larger helmet on their head. Other than that they are pretty much identical besides the female's buckwheat call.
     
  4. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    Another way to tell is feel the pelvic bones. Hold the guinea right side up and run your fingers down the keel toward the vent. On the females you can get one or two fingers between the pelvic bones on the male they will be very close together almost touching. We had an "old timer" show us that way and it is very accurate once you do a few and can feel the difference. When you think about it, it makes sense as the hen has to be "wider" to pass eggs.

    Steve in NC
     
  6. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey that's a great method! So long as you can catch them I guess!! HEHE
    How young does that work? Or is that for adults only?
    I love learning new tricks of the trade.
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  7. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

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    About 2 months old you can start to feel the difference, the older they are the easier it is to feel. If you are just learning it's really easy to feel on one that is laying.

    Steve in NC
     

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