Keeping guineas in fence...

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by mjanderson437, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. mjanderson437

    mjanderson437 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2013
    SC Lowcountry
    Someone on the chicken side posted this in regards to chickens flying over a fence:

    This sounds crazy, but it work for me, I had the
    same problem, so my granddad told me to hang paper plates or pie pans on the top of the fence about 4 ft apart ,well belive it or not,,it WORKED!!!!

    What do you think about this in regards to guineas? My neighbors dog is a guinea chaser so them getting out of the run fence isn't a good thing. But my husband doesn't want to cover the run. We have a ton of pine trees and the needles will get stuck in wire or net and he's just not willing to take that step yet. But they can't stay in the coop/run forever. I guess I could clip a wing. What do y'all think??
  2. JLeigh

    JLeigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2012
    North Georgia
    I'm not for wing-clipping if someone is going to free-range their guineas. They're always at risk for being taken by predators with both wings intact, and you have a roaming dog threatening your flock already. Guineas are strong flyers though, and if they can get away from a predator through flight, they'll do it.

    Have you talked with your neighbor about their dog? In Georgia, I'm allowed, by law, to shoot an animal that kills my poultry/livestock. I'm not recommending that you do that, but someone said (not me, but it's a good quote) that a neighbor's dog on their property is a pet, but on my property it's a predator.

    If you have leash laws, you can call on those. But starting a feud with neighbors isn't always the best way to go, and needs to be considered before taking any serious action. Maybe you could help train the dog by spraying it with soapy water in the eyes? It will sting, but not really harm the dog. Or shoot it with a BB Gun? I don't know....I'm fortunate that I don't have the same problem. You're stuck between a rock and a hard place on that one. Hopefully you have a good relationship with your neighbors and can solve the problem with a conversation.
  3. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    Guineas hate change and are extra leery of new things, but they will get used to the paper plates/pie tins after a while. You'll need to change them out for something else every once in a while... old CDs, reflective mylar bird tape, pinwheels that whirl around in the wind etc in order for your visual deterrent to stay effective.

    As for clipping a wing... they will most likely still get out of the pen by flapping and scaling the fence (they already know they can get out), and a clipped wing in a panic situation (such as a dog chasing them) usually helps them meet their demise very quickly. I would not clip wings if you can't guarantee their safety.
  4. mjanderson437

    mjanderson437 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2013
    SC Lowcountry
    Yeah, that's about how I felt about wing clipping too. It's not just my neighbor, its my husband's brother and family - my 8 year old niece and 6 year old nephew. I can't hurt their dog...their parents just relented after years of begging to let them get a dog, the dog was a pound rescue and you can tell he's been treated bad and other than his constant desire to eat my birds, he's a decent dog. They did have an invisible type fence but the dog is pretty hard headed and kept going thru it. Which is why I wanted to cover the run. I guess I'll just have to keep working on my husband and lock ole Bobo in my garage when I let the birds out. I'm not satisfied with this but for now I guess its the best I can do.

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