How cold hardy are Guinea Fowl?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by SebrightLuver, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    Are Guinea Fowl very cold hardy? I have one heated coop but not all of my birds will fit so some will have to stay in the non-heated coop for the winter. Since the Guineas don't enjoy being locked up in a smaller coop I was hoping to leave them in the big, unheated coop with the chickens who don't fit in the heated coop.

    Keep in mind that I live in Canada and we can get some very cold temps in the winter.
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Mine roost in the trees year round. Last winter it got down in the -20s and they all survived it just fine.
  3. GuineaLady93

    GuineaLady93 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2011
    Cameron, NC
    My Coop
    I think the coldest it got for my guineas last winter was about 10 degrees. (and they roost in a tree) They were fine and walked around in the snow fine.
  4. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    -30 F without the windchill isn't unusual around here, and with the windchill it can get into the -40s. They will have lots of chickens and the other guineas to cuddle with though.
  5. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    We're nowhere near Canada but I can tell you that our guineas raced happily out of the coop on many a snow-covered morning last year while the chickens stood in the doorway and whined.

    We got down to about -10 for week or so here I think.
  6. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    As long as they do not get wet/soaked to the bone Guineas fluff up their feathers to insulate themselves, and they will tuck their heads under a wing and also cover their feet while perching. Just a well sheltered coop should be fine. 2"x4" perches laid flat (like a shelf) help them keep their feet warm when roosting.
  7. SebrightLuver

    SebrightLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    Quote:Thats what I have, and unless they jump in the ducks water they shouldn't get wet.
  8. the newlyweds

    the newlyweds New Egg

    Nov 9, 2014
    Boykins va
    Would there be any sights to tell if they were not doing well in the cold
  9. HarmonyHen

    HarmonyHen Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 14, 2012
    Here in western PA this past winter it was below 0 for several weeks, with some nights in the -20s. Mine were fine in an unheated 8x10 fully enclosed coop with attached run and the option to free range during the day (coop trained for night). The guineas would often go a couple days without leaving the coop, but that was their choice. The chickens went outside nearly every day, despite the snow and cold. I did, however, have a heated waterer because of the consistently low temps...but no actual heat in the coop and they were fine.
  10. Fessenden333

    Fessenden333 New Egg

    Mar 28, 2016
    Good to know.
    How many birds do you "house" in the 8x10 structure / run/ free range option?

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