I have 2 guineas and I can't tell if there male or female

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Red coop, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. Red coop

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    How do I tell if there female or male. If anybody can tell me. Please do
     
  2. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They aren't easy to tell apart until they are somewhat older. One way is the call. Hens have a 2 syllable buck-wheat call while the boys have a single syllable screech. My boys all have longer handlebar waddles and the hens have small ones.

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  3. Red coop

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    Thank you I'll look for that tomorrow
     
  4. MeepBeep

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    You really need to identifying their individual call as that's the only fool proof method (Youtube will be your friend if you need to hear the different calls) as said above the roos generally have bigger 'features' but that is not fool proof, more a generalization and you will find some birds don't fit the generalization...
     
  5. Percheron chick

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    Body shape can help identify them as well. Males tend to be "fluffier" while the girls are oval. The ones doing the chasing will also be the boys.

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  6. Red coop

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    Thank you guys. We're trying to do a guinea farm. And it turns out that there both girls!! When will they be laying eggs?
     
  7. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guineas are seasonal layers and you will not see any until spring. They will lay on the ground as far away from the coop as possible.
     
  8. ludwing

    ludwing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    (Thanks red coop..alot for your post...i've also learned alot either...) because we have 3 guineas that are hard for us to identify, one guinea always display infront of others,chasing roosters,making food offering, but never mate with them although they are almost 11 months, even the bond between the three is not stable like normal guineas ( say spring for their breeding ) for what im only looking for is that will i see any keets in this year/

    by the way thanks (percheron chick) alot for your response/pictures......
     
  9. MeepBeep

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    Be aware unlike most chickens, Guineas if allowed free range will seek out very good hiding places (outside the coop) to lay their eggs... Also I'm taking it that it's spring time in your area? And if so how long into spring? They might no start laying until later in the spring or early summer...
     
  10. ludwing

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    We are almost reaching early summer months now...i would not say they are laying because what i know is guineas first chase each other > pair up > then lay eggs. How does it happen if the is only one male ( no other males to be chased? ) because as the season of spring progress guineas do their thing. It is often easy to tell that birds are laying if the are too many male and females ( that will pair up ) but how to tell if the hens are laying?? because as i said their bond is still ( unstable )

    thanks....
     

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