Guineas with hens?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by zsazsa chick, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. zsazsa chick

    zsazsa chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2010
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    I am currently keeping 3 of my hens (a Maran, a Favorelle and a Sultan) seperate from the other hens as they were being bullied...so I decided to put them with my guinea fowl. is this a good idea? So far, they seem to be getting along but I'm not sure if the 3 hens should be eating guinea food. ??????????
     
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  2. TinkleTurkey

    TinkleTurkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think their dietary needs are drastically different - after all, they have been known to hybridize so how different could they be? I'd say mix it together and they can pick out what they like. Supplement with veggies and occasional bread for treat, thats what I do.
    I keep my guineas with my peafowl and also a couple stray roos, I'm sure they will be fine with your hens as long as they are getting along.

    Also, do you ever let them roam around your yard? That is a good way for them to supplement their diet with whatever they might not be getting from their regular food.
     
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  3. cracking up

    cracking up Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine get along well too. You can feed them all lay crumble. Do your guineas free range during the day? They get plenty of nutrition from bugs.
     
  4. zsazsa chick

    zsazsa chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2010
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    thanks! we'll see what happens!
     
  5. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have guineas in with my chickens. They have done well except I had two males that were bullying the smaller polish hens. Winter boredom since they won't go out in the snow.
     
  6. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Guineas are bullies to chickens. My top, meanest rooster is a complete coward when the guineas come around. Alot of my chickens have tail feathers missing because the guineas pounce on them and rip out their feathers. I do not suggest keeping your hens with the guineas.
     
  7. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    My guineas love chickens, nobody picks on anybody. If they didn't look so different you'd swear they were all one species.
     

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