How to raise Guinea Fowl - for a total beginner

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by YASIN, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. YASIN

    YASIN Out Of The Brooder

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    Assalamualikum .. and Hello

    I am totally new to Guinea fowl ... i dont even know the abc's of it .... i came to know which bird is called a guinea fowl jus yesterday , i had seen it in the market but didnt know its name ...

    So anyway , i have already raised chickens and pigeons for some time during school , now i have some quails and two pigeons which i bought today ....
    i want to keep guinea fowl as well
    so here are my questions
    1. what should i feed them ? will the ones that i feed my quails and chickens be okay for them
    2. how to know their sex and age?
    3. how long would it take to tame them ?
    4. do they go broody like chickens?
    5. can i keep them with my quails and pigeons in my caged garden or do they need a larger space

    Plz help
     
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  2. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    Read the Raising Fowl 101 thread and pay particular attention to the posts made by PeepsCa.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/312682/raising-guinea-fowl-101
     
  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    They need a higher protein food vs chickens, get a game bird or turkey feed... OR you can use the chicken food if you supplement with some cat food to boost the protein (this is what I do as game/turkey feed isn't available locally)... For young keets I supplement with nutritional yeast to boost protein levels of the chick starter...

    Really a guess until they mature, they have different calls so once they mature you can listen and identify males from females... Or you can take a guess an try to distinguish them by looks but that can be a roll of the dice many times... Males will generally have bigger crest and wattles but that is a generalization not fool proof...

    Their personalities are not tame, you might get them more friendly by enticing them with treats but I doubt you will ever get them to what most would consider tame... They are grumpy and ornery by nature...

    Yes, but they will clutch a ton of eggs before they do and they are not the best parents...

    I would not keep them with the smaller birds, they can be quite aggressive towards other birds in confined spaces, especially smaller ones... I would hazard to say if you kept them in a confined area with pigeons and quail you will almost certainly experience losses in short...
     
  4. YASIN

    YASIN Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you very much MeepBeep and R2elk

    I guess i will hav to keep them open along with my grandma's chickens (if i get the permission to buy them) .... as for the feed i will let them be natural jus like the chickens
     
  5. chickbird

    chickbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. R2elk

    R2elk Overrun With Chickens

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    There are people raising guineas successfully with ratios as high as 1 male to 8 hens. It is my preference to have equal numbers of males and hens.
     
  7. mommaguinea

    mommaguinea Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a free ebook and a couple of brochures on my website- they are in pdf so you can print them out and use them. They address a lot of questions.

    www.fowlplayguineas.com

    Also, if you join guinea fowl international, they send you a ton of stuff. Facebook has a lot of areas for guinea fanciers too.

    Good luck with your birds! Enjoy them
     
  8. countrydream7

    countrydream7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    will guniea hen stay around if you hand raise them..
     
  9. ludwing

    ludwing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for what experienced on guineas is that they can be tame but not naturally tame. they do stay around but will wander as the breeding season comes
     

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