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Keets and 12 week old chickens

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Lisha, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. Lisha

    Lisha Out Of The Brooder

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    We have 4 keets in a brooder and they have started roosting on the top of it (LOL!) I was wondering if it was time for them to go to the coop with our 14-16 week old chickens? (we have 10 hens total) I'm not exactly sure of the keets ages but they are at least 3 weeks old. It's warm here and we haven't been using the heat lamps on them at all because the brooder is staying 80-90 degrees at all times.
    If it is ok to put them together should I have an area that just the keets can escape to? Like a smaller pen inside of the coop area? We have a fully enclosed chicken tractor and coop so I'm not worried about them getting out I just want them to be able to run and hide from the bigger hens if needed. Also should i have a separate area inside the coop just for the keets at night?

    Thanks so much for all of your help!! I've been reading the site for years!! [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2011
  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

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    How old are the keets?
     
  3. Lisha

    Lisha Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not exactly sure how old they are, they are at least 3 weeks old. When we got them we purchased some Cornish chickens that were 3 days old and the keets were a little smaller than the chickens.
     
  4. lutz123

    lutz123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine weren't quite as far apart in age as yours (more like 3 weeks keets and 6 weeks pullets), but they did fine. I gave them PLENTY of space. My BO pullet thought, and still thinks, that the guineas are crazy and can't stand them...but is also won't go after them because they are spastic. I would probably offer a place to hide - it may surprise you and be the hens that hide! Offer lots of roosting areas too. I keep mine together all the time - they will live together in the coop in the end so they may as well learn now. I have one EE chick that was raised with the guineas from the start and she thinks she's one of them! [​IMG] If it doesn't work out, the keets should still be small enough to catch and put back in the brooder.
     

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