How do you tell a Guinea's gender????

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by C&Rman, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. C&Rman

    C&Rman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2011
    Ok well I had 3 Guineas and 1 would always lay an egg but they look identical. 2 of the guineas were killed and I have had 1 left for about a year now. I found a add for a guinea and thought I may buy mine a friend. Mine is a boy I am pretty sure! Here is a picture of the guinea for sale, they dont know what the gender is and neither do [​IMG]
    Does anyone know or is it to hard to tell?

  2. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    The one in the picture is a boy, by its big curved wattles (the red things on the side). The pic is not too clear but if they are big and come around in a curve rather than hanging straight, that would be a boy.

    Just to confuse things, sometimes boys seem to have large but straight wattles. Girls (in my limited experience) always have small straight wattles, never curved.

    Now somebody else will come along and show a female guinea with curved wattles, I bet! Should still be small wattles, though.

    You may not have a chance to listen to the one for sale, but you can listen to yours. If you hear a two-syllable call that sounds like "buckwheat", the guinea is a girl. Males do not make that sound.

    Can you post a picture of yours?
  3. stormylady

    stormylady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2008
    Glad you asked this because I was wanting to get a few, but they only sell them in Straight Run from the hatcherys that I found.
  4. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    If you can get a picture of it from the side, the girls will often have a 'hump' right above the tail area.
  5. C&Rman

    C&Rman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2011
    Ok so that it a male then? And MuranoFarms girls will have a hump? The one I have now has a hump type of deal, is she a girl? I have had her for about a year with my little rooster and they have been free ranged their intire lifes. If she is a girl she hasn't laid an egg since the others were killed.

    Here is mine with its best friend my banty rooster, I have a trap set with some gamebird food in it so I can catch the wild peacocks in my town but all's I ever catch is these two LOL [​IMG] So is mine a girl and if she is do they need males to lay eggs?
  6. jcatblum

    jcatblum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2010
    Cement, OK
    Male is only needed for fertile eggs. I have 1 that I still question if it is a male of female. She seems to have one straight waddle & 1 curved!!! I feel confident that it is a female, since she is mated with a male. My females are smaller but with only 1 you can't compare! Sorry! Wish I could help more. Do you keep the guinea cages? Or free range? If free range you could have eggs in a hidden nest some where

    ****. I just super sized the first photo & those waddles look big to me, I would say male. Have you heard buck wheat at all?
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2011
  7. spiritdance

    spiritdance Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2010
    The easiest and surest way is by their voice. Females have two main calls, the rapid fire "chi chi chi chi" and the more familiar "buck WHEAT buck WHEAT;" the male cannot make the second call.
  8. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    I have a pair of Pearls that have always hung out together... Always thought they were both males.. On both birds the wattles stick out and are large.. Today I found one of them setting... I had never heard them make noise because I never know who is due to have 40+ guineas... But IMO The wattles mean nothing... If I can tommorow Ill take a pic of her.

    So the only for sure way to tell is the voice.

  9. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Thats a male in the photo, the females horn grows up and stays small and the males horn curve twards their back side and gets bigger as they get older
  10. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    It's hard to tell from the top pic, but I'd say male. The horn seems to curve back. Yours is definitely a male. See how far the horn curves back? It's almost like a hook. Some of my females, especially if they are high up in the pecking order, have larger wattles. The noise and the horn are the best way to tell.

    I've found that the keets from the hatcheries that are straight run, tend to be almost perfectly 50/50 male-female split. Maybe because they can't sex them? I have never gotten straight run guineas and had way more of one sex over the other.


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