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Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by handrosilva239, Aug 31, 2014.
How to sex guinea fowl.?
Good luck if they're little. You don't even have some of the signs like you do with chickens. If they are 6 months old or older, it gets pretty easy. The first sign is the different vocabulary, Hens has a 2 syllable call typically referred to as something that sounds like buck-wheat, Cocks have a monosyllabic screech. As they get older, their bodies have different shapes and their waddles are a dead giveaway.
Pictures of mines at about 9 months.
L hen, 2 on R cocks
L cock, R hen
Other than the wattles being a dead give-away, @Percheron chick is right on the money. As far as the wattles go, I personally had a Lavender male whose wattles were shaped just like the wattles on my Lavender hen. I know for a fact that he was a male since I removed his testicles when I dressed him out. His other behaviors gave him away as being a male especially since at the time of his removal, he was my Lavender hen's mate.
I can vent sex guineas accurately once they are about 6 weeks old. Before that, it is just a guessing game for me. If a person has adult guineas to practice on, it teaches you what to look for and how far open you need to get their vent in order to see which sex they are. The male guinea has a two headed penis which at a very young age can appear to simply be a pair of bumps on the body side of the cloaca. In an adult hen what you will see is the almost red colored mass of what I assume is the shell gland. In a young hen, what you are looking for is the lack of a penis and/or the presence of the shell gland which may present itself as a bit of a reddish mass on the tail side of the cloaca.
Can you tell a keets sex by the width of the stripe on its head?
Definitely not. A center stripe indicates that the keet will be fully pearled as an adult. No center stripe with squiggly lines on a keet's head indicates that the keet will be partially pearled as an adult. A solid colored head with no lines or center stripe indicates that the keet will have no pearling as an adult.
that is interesting! I never read that!
There is a box about the middle of the page with this information. Speaking from personal experience (I have fully pearled, partially pearled and solid colored guineas.) the information is accurate.