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How to keep the locals away?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by the fox, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. the fox

    the fox In the Brooder

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    Every single day i take my chickens (free range ones) and some of there food and every day the guinea fowl come and eat all there food.

    So is there anyway i could keep them away?

    They are about the same size as my chickens.
     
  2. the fox

    the fox In the Brooder

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    no one?
     
  3. NurseNettie

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    I'm a little unclear on your post--- are you saying you feed your free range chickens away from the coop/run and the wild or otherwise free range guineas are eating it?

    I don't know how to keep others away--- they don't know boundries, and it's their nature to forage for food, so I'd say, it's all fair game to them.

    If you don't want them to eat the feed, maybe you should be feeding in the coop or enclosed run, to keep them out?
     
  4. arlee453

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    I, too wasn't sure what the original question was when i saw this yesterday...??...

    Whose guinea fowl are they? If you don't know, I'd catch them if they are really bothering you and rehome them. Sounds like a little feed might lure them into a secure run and you could catch them that way.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    Gee, I'd keep them and if no one claimed them, they'd be mine. Certainly, I'd try to find the owner, but if they are coming to your place to eat, maybe they aren't being fed at home.
     
  6. the fox

    the fox In the Brooder

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    Sorry for the bad writing but this is what i mean:

    I have two chickens that every night are put in there small rabbit coop. In the morning i take them out and put a bowl of food with them, they are very happy spending there time in my garden. The WILD Guinea fowl come and eat all the food that i leave out for the chickens so when i put them back in there box at nigh there is no food.

    So:

    How do i keep the guineas away (i have tried scaring them but it does not work)

    Or

    The chickens find plenty of insects and seeds so maybe they can survive until they go back in there coop where there is plenty of food, i will also through food out on the lawn every now and then.
     
  7. NurseNettie

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    I don't think you'll keep them away if there's food for them. Try feedking your own when they're penned up-- during the day, they're foraging and they don't need anything else.
     
  8. the fox

    the fox In the Brooder

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    thanks ill do that
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

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    The only way you are going to resolve this issue is to feed one or the other penned up. Since you only have two chickens, it will most likely be easier to feed them in their coop and then let them out.

    If you did not want to do that, you would most likely have to "get rid of" or even catch and pen the guineas.

    -Kim
     
  10. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing Premium Member

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    I would lure the guineas into a pen with some feed and start raising me a flock of guineas for the freezer.
     

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