Lone guinea... companion?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Paganbird, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    I know I shouldn't count my chicks before they hatch, but...
    I have one (of 2) guinea eggs developing nicely. If it hatches, It will be the only guinea I have.
    Should I keep it with the chickens?
    I also have peafowl. Will it get along better with the peafowl?
    I just want to have a plan so that when it hatches, I know where it'll eventually be going.
    The peas are 2 months old & will be wintering in an elaborate set-up in my den. I have chicken & ducks & quail hatching with this guinea. I could easily put it in the "nursery coop" with the chickens when they go out.
    Originally, I was going to keep it with my peas when they hatched, but I ended up with 2 pea egg blood rings. So, no new peas this year.
    This is my first time with a guinea. Where should I put it?
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
  2. smfamf

    smfamf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2009
    Quote:My guineas were raised with the chickens (and ducks.) I believe that there are several people who do it that way. I have had no problems other than they imprinted on the ducks and actually wanted to be ducks for a while. They wuld perch on the side of the stock tank when the ducks swam. Once they started laying, they began to act like guineas. They roost with chickens every night in the coop now too.

    ETA: I have 1 and 4 day old keets in with my week old chicks right now. Everything is fine and there is no picking or pecking.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
  3. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Thanks for the reply.
    I guess I'll put it in the "nursery" with the LF chicks that hatch in this set.
    The ducks are going into the barn for the winter.
    Thanks again!
  4. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I have one guinea. She thinks she is a chicken [​IMG]

    She was raised with about 50 other guineas but she was the only one of them who would eat, hang out, and sleep with the chickens. So, when I bought the chickens from the man I took the guinea with me. She is happy being a 'chicken' LOL
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I kept my keets in a mixed flock of chickens and quail. They have 2 chicken chicks that hang out with them, and since I moved some of my quail to the small chicken coop the guineas are trying their hardest to get in it!
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    I have heard of a few people having issues with keets killing chicks but 1 keet shouldn't be a problem. I have a few keets in with older chicks and haven't had any issues. Those chicks are a rather rowdy bunch of probably mostly roosters though and 1 hen with a bad leg that puts everyone in their place frequently.
  7. kcardella

    kcardella Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2009
    Leslie, AR
    I have a guinea that was raised with guineas, but likes to hang out with the chickens! I don't think you will have a problem.

    BTW, I'm happy to hear you got your peafowl Paganbird [​IMG] I was on a hatching thread with you back in the spring - I had the Pilgrim goose eggs that were duds. I still don't have my geese [​IMG]

    I did hatch out some guinea eggs after that, and they are all doing well!
  8. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    The only thing I would caution against is that the keets are SO much smaller than the chicks, unless they are bantams. I didn't see where you mentioned the breed. I keep my guineas separated until they start getting some feathers, just because I am worried about the chicks picking on them. After that, I keep them together. Mine do great together and free range and roost together.

    Good luck!

  9. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    Quote:I bought peachicks.
    I just tried 4 more pea eggs. Pitched them last night, as a matter of fact. 2 clears & 2 bloodrings.
    So, I've tried around 23 pea eggs and all I have are the 2 chicks I bought at 2 weeks old.
    That's ok. I have 15 button quail, 20 cortunix quail, 1 guinea, 2 duck, 2 LF salmon faverolle chicken, 2 mille fleur d'uccle bantam, 2 LF EE chicken, and 3 polish chicken (1 blue, 1 white crested black, 1 silver penciled) eggs in the 'bator.
    I have a large fowl coop and a bantam coop - all chickens go into one of those 2 main coops for the winter. I have a "nursery coop" that is in the barn. That's where the cortunix are going. The peas are inside for the winter. I guess the buttons will be in one of the brooders inside for the winter as well.
    I guess I'll put the new chicken chicks & the guinea in the LF coop. I usually keep them in the house for about 6 weeks. There is enough room to separate them from the "big girls" if need be.
    Thanks for your suggestions, everyone.

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