Guineas

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Chicken Girl, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Hello every body!!! I am going to get some guineas this spring and need to now anything and everything about them! lol So if you could pls help me out. I just got my chickens in june last year. And it gets cold out here. It was -20 for the hi for to day. So idk if i should even have them. lol But any help is great!!!![​IMG] Thanks!!

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  2. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2008
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    Guinea's are awesome! I have 20 right now. they free range around the farm. I barely feed them during late spring thru summer.

    You will have to keep the Keets 95F for the first few weeks until they start to feather out, then slowly reduce the temp each week. After that keep then locked up till they are about 12wks old, then allow them out with a covered run at first to get the used to the coop/night thing. They are great flyers and will probably like to roost in the trees when the weather is nice. When they get older they should go in and out of the coop each day and night. Mine do anyways. In the summer they choose to roost in the trees and that sure makes coop cleaning alot easier.

    Do a guinea search and you will find lots of info on these loud, silly and not very smart, but entertaining birds
     
  3. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:So like a baby chick!?!?!? Cuz i would get them with my chicks and all that good stuff. And i would think thay lay eggs. What color are thay? and what breed of guinea do you think is best? I wanted them senc i found out the are like a gard dog for the coop and they eat ticks. They can live with chickens wright? lol sorry for all the QS!! Thanks

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  4. marymac

    marymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are great birds and very funny to watch. Mine became pretty tame and would eat out of my hands and follow me around like a puppy. They are easy to take care of and can get away from most predators much better than chickens can. i only suggest if you have other chickens it is best to house them separetly. Mine picked on my chickens really bad and I just recently got rid of them. Free-ranging wasn't too bad when they were together, but cooped up was terrible. My other chickens hated them. They are easy pretty and fun. Go for it.
     
  5. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But the thing is that i dont have mony to make a new coop just for them. And i think my coop is 10 feet by 18foot. And are they mean? Thanks

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  6. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
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    i only suggest if you have other chickens it is best to house them separetly. Mine picked on my chickens really bad and I just recently got rid of them.

    I would have to say the opposite of marymac, I have my 2 guineas in with my chickens. I dont know why but they all act nicely toward each other. I have 13 chickens in with them. I think the guineas are younger so maybe thats why? Mine are pearl guineas. They are pretty loud and keep predators away and eat lots of ticks. We got our guineas because of our tick population. We dont free-range them so I dont have any thoughts on that except, Do not let them out immediatel after getting them. I know many people that let them free range after they got theirs and they allflew the coop! Lol

    Good luck!!

    I got mine from a lady that has all sorts of poultry. I dont know about keets. That is what the babies are called. I think they are called that untill they are 14 weeks of age. If you need any more info, ask me. I always get books from my library about my chickens and guineas so I can tell you a lot more about specific breeds if you want!

    Cody!!​
     
  7. only one lay

    only one lay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one. It is loud as loud can be.He is the back yard alarm.If he yells the dogs hit the door running.He is also one of the most visual looking in my coop.
     
  8. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
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    But the thing is that i dont have mony to make a new coop just for them. And i think my coop is 10 feet by 18foot. And are they mean? Thanks

    Chicken Girl

    Mine are not mean. If you handle them enough, they will become nice and friendly. How many chickens do you have in that coop?



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  9. marymac

    marymac Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you can keep them in the same coop just partition a section just for them . Mine wouldn't let my chickens eat or drink without picking at them and chasing them. They are not mean to people and are amusing. Kind of noisy, but I didn't mind the noise, except when I was trying to talk they wouldn't shut up and it was like my talking made the females talk even more. It was funny in a way, but sometime it made me yell at them to ssshhuttt --up!!! lol.
     
  10. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
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    Since she said she is kinda tight on money, that partioning off of a section of her coop might be a good idea. The only thing is that she would have to build another run because her chickens would go into the pop door if they free range together. All you can do is introduce them and hope for the best. Handle all of them equally so none of them become jealous.

    Cody!!
     

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