Hi, I'm Bennie and the Jets are our Guineas! =}

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BennieAnTheJets, Mar 6, 2016.

  1. BennieAnTheJets

    BennieAnTheJets Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    Hi, I'm Bennie.

    Bummer to start this way, but I have been sooo sick for over 12 years, then got diagnosed with Lyme Disease 5 years ago and got on antibiotics and got Guineas!!!! Yeah!!!!

    Had no idea they would grow on me so much. We started with three dozen eggs shipped from Family Winter at the guinea farm: one box of Pearl Gray, one box of Coral Blue, and one box of Buff Dundotte.

    16 hatched and we ended up with 9 males and 7 females. The following year we got 30 keets shipped to increase the female and Coral Blue and Buff Dundotte numbers. We kept 8 of them plus we also kept one of our own: Teddy. There is even an article about him published here: http://guineas.com/articles/newsletters/Dec2013_GFIAnewsletter.pdf

    Then our Shreck was taken, at 11:30 am, by a Coyote or Fox (probably Coyote) in the bright daylight, while I was at home, and we decided to add Lifestock Guardian dogs to our little farm. We still don't have them because we are building a new coop/dog house and run to give the dogs and birds the best chance to get used to each other when the puppies arrive.

    Two of our hens died last spring, probably due to overfeeding treats in the winter - the second, Emma, went to necropsy and had a fatty liver and ruptured ovarian artery. Now we are strictly feeding 10% of diet in treats or less.

    Kept two babies this year and sadly, Lucky died a few weeks ago, Confirmed internal bleeding into his left lung on necropsy. It could have been a birth defect (I did help him out of the shell - but he seemed fine after that) or my horse (he had some mud on his wing and may have been struck) or something else. I stopped feeding dried mealworms from China. We have gone to non-GMO, local feed and I did not feel comfortable with the imported treats anymore because I am concerned about quality control and possible contamination. May try a meal worm farm again (had mites and threw the last one out), and grow them at home.

    So we have 16 + 9 - 1 - 2 + 2 -1 = 23 Guineas, and we have been hatching and selling keets for three years now.

    Never had a chicken!

    Was thinking about Ameraucanas (for the blue eggs) and Silkies (because they look so beautiful) and joined BYC!

    But I have been on the site often to search for help with the Guineas, especially diseases and parasites etc. Very grateful to have this great and vast site with so many users! I even have BYC "chillin' with my peeps" T-shirts in gray and pink, and everyone loves this site, even at my dentist the hygienist said: "Oh, this is a great site!" when she saw the web address on my T-shirt.

    Been a member of the Guinea Fowl International Association and on the forum there for years and there are some good friends of mine on that site now - go visit or post or join us there for anything related to Guinea Fowl. Sadly, lots of forum members seem to have left to go to facebook - I don't do facebook since they own my pictures after I post, and I love to post pictures but wish to retain my copyright.

    Thanks for organizing and helping others on the BYC site - you rock!!!

    Last edited: Mar 6, 2016
  2. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 12, 2013
    Lancashire, England
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hi and welcome to BYC - glad that you have joined us.

    All the best
  5. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Bennie, [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]


    I normally loose my guinea to domestic animals and bobcats but I adore them so .
  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright Bennie, [​IMG] great to have you joining the BYC flock [​IMG]


    I normally loose my guinea to domestic animals and bobcats but I adore them so .
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Very nice to meet you Bennie. I LOVE your song and often sing it off key but, in my mind it sounds great. I'm sorry you have so many losses - not fair, I can tell you really like your guineas.

    I truly hope you can figure out ways to keep the predators out. Enjoyed your introduction very much, I don't think I've ever seen the other guinea colors. Maybe some time you can put up photos. When we go to the zoo out here they have free ranging peafowl and guineas - they are very fascinating to watch.

    BTW Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock.[​IMG]
  8. BennieAnTheJets

    BennieAnTheJets Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2016
    Virginia, USA
    Hi drumstick diva!

    You have a sense of humor with your name, ha ha!

    Thanks for the warm welcome. Yeah, losing Guineas is terrible. I did not expect them to die that young - they can live to be 19! I heard of several that old. Most don't make it, but of course I thought ours would.

    My fav color is still Pearl Gray! They have such wonderful spots and the purple sheen on their necks and they are just amazing. Got the other two colors because I just love blue anything, and the Buff Dundottes since I felt like we needed some tan looking birds in the flock - the Buff Dundotte have the lovely spots, where the Buff ones do not have spots, so my choice was clear.

    Fam. Winter http://www.guineafarm.com/ have many colors and keet colors online, and they are very nice people.

    Also there are some lovely pictures here, if you are curious about Guinea colors. You can click on them to make them larger, I think. http://guineas.com/colorchart/

    The Buff Dundotte girls are a little darker, on average, than the boys and they are one of the few colors you can tell apart pretty much from day 1. Below is a picture of our Sweety (hen) and one of Eiffel. Eiffel is a boy and got his name because he stands up very tall more than any other male we have and he really looks like the Eiffel Tower when you look at him straight on, ha ha. Sweety proves that you cannot really tell Guinea hens from the males by the size of their head gear: she has huge wattles. On average the girls may have smaller head gear, but it is a "weak average", i.e. I would say maybe only works 60-70% of the time. Lilly Bud is our this-year's baby: she is the only Lavender we have. I guess a regression from the blue? Lavenders range from light violet to light gray. Lilly is light gray and very very pretty.

    Sweety (Buff Dundotte hen)


    Eiffel (Buff Dundotte male)


    Lilly Bud (Lavender hen)


    Teddy (Pearl Gray male)


    Blue (Coral Blue male)


    And you are right, we have to watch for those predators - coons walking on Guinea turf at night (or vice versy, if you are a coon):

    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016

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