I am curious about Guineas....

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by BethieofVA, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they are lovely, but what purpose do they serve? Do you eat their eggs, do you raise them as meat birds, I don't know. One of my brother's neighbors has a huge flock that roams freely and I love to look at them. I know nothing about them. Thanks.
     
  2. kathydoolittle

    kathydoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They eat bugs, and are good at telling you when something is wrong. People do eat them. I have 15 hatched this year, and I have people wanting to buy eggs already. I love to watch them.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    They're very good tick and grasshopper control. You can eat their eggs....if you can find their nests, they're very good at hiding them. I never eat any of mine, but I grew up eating them. They're more like pheasant as far as taste.
     
  4. kathydoolittle

    kathydoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Bethie- they are loud.

    Not loud like the egg song, or like a rooster- loud like a cruise ship with a vibrating steel drum on its horn.

    They have an uncanny unearthly sound about them, and feel the need to make the noise when anything moves, much like a yappy dog.

    That being said, you'll forget ticks exist if you get a few. They're unbelievable about bug control.

    Just be earnestly aware your neighbors for LONG distance will hear them as they sit on your roof or fence raising the dead.
     
  6. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    The eggs are edible (and quite tasty!) and very hard-shelled. The guineas are fun to watch, but they can be ornery stinkers sometimes if they decide to chase/annoy the chickens. I have had to really watch my male guinea because he's decided to harass my buff orp roo and shows him NO mercy. [​IMG] They're not the sharpest knives in the drawer... they have no logic at all. They function by instinct alone. They are the most primal animals I've ever seen! They can be 1' from the gate opening, see the other guineas / chickens on the other side of the fence, and will just throw themselves against the fence repeatedly, trying to get to the other side. When you finally give up and go usher the guinea to the gate opening, they'll rush through the gate like a rocket and act like they just made a jail break. [​IMG]
     
  7. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:[​IMG] and very true

    I love guinea TV [​IMG]
     
  8. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let me tell you this about our guineas that we call the Goonie Squad.

    A little over a week ago, one of our Sebastopol ganders was killed by a Copperhead snake in our front yard. The guineas do a great job of snake hunting for us but this one they missed. The very next day, as I walked out my back door, there were 2 dead Copperheads and one 7 foot long rat snake.

    They're also great at taking care of ticks. We were tick infested last year before our guineas grew up. Our dogs constantly had them and my grandson and husband was constanly covered in them. This year, we've only had one incident with ticks.

    We have 25 adult guineas, 30 babies in a brooder, 30 eggs in an incubator and 2 guinea hens sitting on a nest. We love our guineas!!

    Laurie
     
  9. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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  10. BethieofVA

    BethieofVA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great info!! I would love to have a "few". The snake story gives me the willies. LOL!!![​IMG]
     

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