How Long Does This Stage Last For

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by guinea fowl galore, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    My guineas are being VERY aggresive lately and whenever we walk past them they put there wings up and ram or legs or grab onto our leg/pants with their beak and rip our legs apart with their claws, It's acually quite scary now to go outside.
    So i was just woundering how long this stage lasts for and what it could be caused by.
    Our only idea is that the girls might have nests somewhere and the boys (the boys are the only ones aggresive, perticulary one boy) are protecting the girls or the nests, but i haven't seen a nest anywhere. All the girls do is look around for ages then sit in their chosen spot, make a lot of noise, moving around a bit and then walk off, then when they can't see me i go there and have a look and nothing [​IMG]
    If you have any ideas please help.
     
  2. LCwilson

    LCwilson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont know if they ever grow out of it. mine dont do that to me just to my chickens and peacocks. even the big peacock is afraid of them. sorry im not much of a help. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
    cole.
     
  3. kcardella

    kcardella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had guineas for four years, and have never seen that kind of behaviour. They will run up to us for food, or to yell at us when it's time to be put away, but if we get too close, they run the other way.
     
  4. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    I would understand if they were acually being harmed by us, but we have never done anything to them.
    just the slightest thing like if it walks in front of us while your walking it will think we're chasing it so then will start attacking us.
    It's only been like this for just over a month now so i don't know what caused it.

    just tonight we heard them flapping around and one jumped down on the deck (they free rang full time and roost on our deck railings. I know what your thinking and yes we do wake up to piles of poo on the deck, which we sweep off every morning. which will NOT be happening when we renovate our house) so i go have a look and theres a snake on the rail just inches from one. good thing it was too small to do any harm.
     
  5. kcardella

    kcardella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe try running back at them to show them who's boss? It's worth a shot.
     
  6. guinea fowl galore

    guinea fowl galore Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2009
    Australia
    Quote:yep, we have tried that and it only makes it a whole lot worse. what we had been having to do is carry a stick around so when it cames cherging at you you just point it in its direction and it stops (and starts looking for another way of attack).
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've had guineas most of my life and the only time I've ever been attacked was once when I was raiding a nest of newly hatched keets.....so I deserved that one. My younger bunch runs up looking for food , but the older group never does. Mine are free-range.
     
  8. allanimals21

    allanimals21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thats pretty much my experience. I've never had any of mine attack me other then checking or raiding a nest. Which as Katy said was deserved. [​IMG] My older group comes when I call them. And for the most part they all know I feed them so they aren't afraid or aggressive for the most part. They don't like to be touched so much but they get right up next to me to check me out everyday.
     
  9. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    maybe you should go outside with treats for them and then they might associate seeing you with something positive. it has to be something very yummy though, our guineas don't come running for many treats, sometimes shredded lettuce, they like bugs the best though. maybe some scratch grains? they come running when we feed the chickens their scratch grains.
     
  10. Aj1911

    Aj1911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh wow looks to me like you got your self a true guinea [​IMG] (this is how true raised by other guineas in the wilds of Africa are, and this is how most the guineas are that our great grandparents would have) ok so anyway this is pretty much how it goes

    you can chase him with a big stick so he gets the hint if you have a stick to back off but he will still do this it doesn't were off tell his hormones are in check and it will get worse in the first mating season after that he should calm down my head male has calmed down a lot now (he used to attack us as well) so give it some time about tell November next year if he still does it well either put up with him or get rid of him but i would hate to see you give up a good true guinea as they make the best guard dogs i've ever seen (they charge and will attack people they dont like) also try to talk very softly to him it seems to calm my head male down.
     

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