- Oct 18, 2018
I've have much experience with chickens, incubating, etc. I began just over a year ago with guineas. I have raised my flock since they were a day old. They free range, are coop trained, and locked up at night for protection. I have many questions and have had some strange experiences. I'll start with the question that is what I need an answer to now. Scenario: Thirteen adult guineas in very large coop. Six incubated juveniles in a smaller, but walk in coop. Of the 6 incubated, it was a set of 3, and then another set of three. They are about 3 weeks in age difference and I easily combined the younger 3 with the older 3 by rearranging perches, etc., so that the first 3 would feel the change and hopefully not try to dominate the new, younger, juvenile guineas. I'm scared that the older ones will not accept them. I experienced this with an injured guinea that I had to separate from my adult flock for medical treatment. I put him in a large dog pen inside the coop. I kept him there for two weeks. I did this because they went after him when I put him back in. It was like he was shunned. While 3 were attacking him and I was pushing them off, within 15 seconds 3 more were on another guinea. They killed her on the spot. She was part of the group. It's like they went on a killing frenzy because they couldn't get to the male I had released because I was focused on him and picked him up. I look over to see that they targeted her for no reason. I believe they broke her neck. She was (just as the released male) with head tucked in corner of barn coop with 3 on top doing whatever it is that killed her on the spot. This is why I'm so afraid of introducing my new 6. Because they are juveniles, I don't think they're a threat to the pecking order that is already established with the adults. Or, will the adults kill them and the smaller ones won't stand a chance? The best answer I have seen with research was that the adults were not threatened by the younger, and the owner had the younger stay in the new, bigger coop while the adults went out to free range. Partitions would be very difficult with double heat lamps at this time of year. I love my guineas, but have also seen them be ruthless and merciless. I know nobody that raises them and knows more than I do. This is why I'm reaching out. I even make my own mash from watching YouTube, etc. I'm not a novice, but sure have unanswered questions regarding their behaviors. Someone please tell me how to combine my two flocks- including time of day. One guy said he brought his juveniles out towards the evening time. I'd think this would be more stressful on the juveniles, not knowing where to perch, etc. I've also never done a forum before, so I don't even know how I will know if someone answers this. Thank you.