Help!! Are these guinea hens?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by amib, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. amib

    amib Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been raising what I believed to be guinea hens with my chicks. The guineas are one week younger than my chicks. The guineas are about 10 weeks and the chicks are 11 weeks. I've looked up pictures of guineas, but mine don't seem to look like others I've seen. They have been given a higher protein diet, as that is what I was told to do, but still they are much smaller than the chicks. Is this normal?

    Thanks!!!

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  2. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like you got Chukars instead of Guinea fowl.
    I'd separate them asap because quail and partridges can get deadly sicknesses from the chickens.
     
  3. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Those are definitely chukars. Depending on what state you live in, you may or may not need a special permit to have chuikars. Yes they do need the higher protein in game bird feed. They also appear to be about full grown so they will never get as big as the chickens.

    There is a Pheasants and Partridge (Chukars) forum that will have more information.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/50/pheasants-and-partridge-chukar
     
  4. amib

    amib Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh boy! I guess I'll be building an aviary for them this coming weekend!! It's a shame I have to separate them from the chickens. Both species love one another and roost together each night. :(

    Thanks for your help with identifying them!
     
  5. amib

    amib Out Of The Brooder

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    Does anyone have experience with building an outdoor aviary for them? I live in New York and plan on building one this weekend for them. I'm affraid if I try to give them away to a good home they'll wind up dinner. Plus, I love them!
     
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