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How much do guinea fowl eat?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by godisgood, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. godisgood

    godisgood In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2011
    in lb per month

  2. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    It depends on how you raise them. Ours free range and eat almost no feed during the summer, eat about the same as our chickens in the winter. I can't tell you how many pounds they eat a month as I only keep up with how many pounds a month all our flocks eat.
  3. leonphelps

    leonphelps Songster

    May 15, 2011
    Bucks County PA
    I feed my 6 guineas about 50 pounds a month. I am told I way over feed them.
  4. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    BFE, CA
    It's pretty common for most of us to free feed our Guineas and let them eat what they want/need... but adults Guineas will do fine on 1/2 cup of 16% layer feed per bird, per day, plus some free range time for bugs and greens. I don't know how much feed that equates to per bird per month, since I have 125+ birds... but 1/2 cup of layer feed weighs about 3 oz, give or take a little, so you can do the math if you want and get a better "guesstimate".

    Some Guinea keepers/breeders feed a little higher protein game bird feed or higher protein layer feed in the winter months and also add some scratch, rolled or cracked corn to bump up the fat and calories to help keep them warm in the winter (I personally use sweet feed/wet cob as a supplement/treat, and switch to a 50/50 mix of 24% game bird and 16% layer pellets thru the coldest wettest months). I also feed them fine stem, leafy alfalfa hay free choice year round for them to pick thru, and keep them occupied.

    It's best not to overfeed them corn, scratch or sweet feed and try to to keep their protein intake at no less than 16%. You want healthy birds that can stay warm, but not overly fat birds that can develop fatty organs, health issues and fertility/reproductive problems.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  5. douglashappyfarm

    douglashappyfarm In the Brooder

    May 3, 2010
    Jesup, Georgia
    we use 4 cups 21% dog food, 4 cups scratch, several loaves of bread once a day for all our animals that free range which is a flock of about 50 chickens, 2 ducks, 5 geese, 22 guineas, 14 peafowl and 3 turkeys.
  6. Chikn-Chik

    Chikn-Chik Songster

    Mar 11, 2011
    Tellico Plains, TN
    I have 5 adult Guineas, and 3 younger ones. But before a acquired the 3 young, and one of the older hens, I fed out about 50lbs of feed (Purina flock raiser) every 1 1/2 months. But since I've gotten 4 more that will probably go up a bit.
  7. Cowgirl75446

    Cowgirl75446 Songster

    Feb 28, 2011
    My guineas probably eat more than my chickens. I have about 50 and they eat about 100 lbs. + of feed each week. I keep my in pens, I do not free range my breeder guineas.

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