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mixing guineas keets and chicken chicks

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by oweirdo, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. oweirdo

    oweirdo Chirping

    Feb 21, 2014
    Georgetown, TX
    Thursday I will be getting guinea keets! I assume I can put them in the brooder box with my 2-3 day old chicks?
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2014

  2. Theweddlefarm

    Theweddlefarm In the Brooder

    Mar 2, 2014
    I have raised them together. The only problem I have had is with the chain store chick starter that is medicated. I had several keets die. After investigation, I found out medicated chick starter is not good for keets. So, depending on whether you feed medicated or non-medicated. Might be something you want to look in to. Good luck.
  3. oweirdo

    oweirdo Chirping

    Feb 21, 2014
    Georgetown, TX
    I'm going non, just put acv in water.
  4. Hello:

    I have found that it is NOT necessary to put medicated chic starter in with ANY type of chic. I simply put the desired amount of the antibiotic found in chic starter in
    the water for the babies. It works extremely well.
    Keets NEED 22 % protein feed and you do not get this with chic starter.
    This could be the problem with your keets dying. They are actually more fragile
    than chics for the first 2 weeks.
    Chics tolerate game bird feed (22 % protein), but they do get pasty butt more easily.
    ACV apple cider vinegar is used for pasty butt. Be careful if you hear it is good for
    an all purpose supplement. It is NOT.
    Also, sugar water induces runny stools in young bids. Avoid using this unless you
    have a severe problem with a plugged up chic.
    I have raised Keets for many years. A few die Just because.
    Usually a late hatching chic (more than the 28 days in the shell) are the ones that die.
    Hope this Helps.
    Guinea G.

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