Male Guinea occasionally says "Buckwheat" like a female!

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by TarheelBirdy, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. TarheelBirdy

    TarheelBirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    A Male! I have heard him do it twice!!! I just about flipped a biscuit.

    He is a bit of an outcast. He is three years old, he was part of my very first group of guineas, he is Lavender and the only light-colored guinea that survived predators. However, he has never been accepted by any of the females (always the loner) and now that all my females are penned up, he is out with three other male guineas, but they pick on him - not so much that it's dangerous, but just enough to keep him at a distance.

    A couple of weeks ago, Mark and I were working on the pasture and the Rat Pack (the four males that run free) were out there with us. Suddenly I heard "buckwheat, buckwheat, buckwheat" in an unfamiliar guinea-voice. We turned around, and lavendar he-guinea was standing there. Remember....we have NO females free-ranging any more.

    Then, this morning, I was feeding the birds, and he did it again, for a few seconds, then went back to being a guy-guinea.

    WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? [​IMG]
     
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  2. Chickenfan4life

    Chickenfan4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Yeah, I've heard it before, too: "BUTT CRACK! BUTT CRACK! BUTT CRACK!" It's pretty dadgumn funny! [​IMG]
     
  3. TarheelBirdy

    TarheelBirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    But this is from a MALE guinea!!!!!
     
  4. casuarius

    casuarius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you know its a male? I have never heard a male make that sound in all the years i've bred Guineas. I have had females that I would have sworn were males, but ended up being females.
     
  5. arcy liger

    arcy liger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how would you sex adult guineas...

    i have two white and they were sexed from the wattles (the turned ones males and stright ones females)
    is that right sexing ......
     
  6. TarheelBirdy

    TarheelBirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    When you have guineas long enough, you can tell by watching their gait, their stance, and by their wattles (they are larger, and are like scoops, where the females' wattles are smaller and lay closer to their face).

    Also, this boy does the male "call," usually.
     
  7. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. TarheelBirdy

    TarheelBirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'll try to get some pics of him/her. He/she is very skittish.
     
  9. arcy liger

    arcy liger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    where are the pics
     
  10. casuarius

    casuarius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly. Females make the exact same sounds as males, only males cant make the buck-wheat sound. As far as their physical features, I have had countless females with huge facial wattles, and even large helmets. The only sure way to determine their sex is by the buck-wheat sound or DNA sexing. But then again, you can usually distinguish a male by the way they stand on their tip toes with their wings in the air and prance around in a dominant fashion. I havent personally seen a female ever do this, but I have seen them charge at other hens like a male.
     
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