MY KEETS, HOW YOU TELL THE GIRLS FROM BOYS.?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by chic4me12, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. chic4me12

    chic4me12 Out Of The Brooder

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  2. Well, if your babies are over 8 weeks old you will have a clue. Other wise it is a crap shot. The girls will start "calling". They do the "Buck Wheat" call you hear and if you
    Google "female Guinea Fowl call" you will get a sound bite. Really, this is the only way that i have FOR SURE found the girls in the crowd.
     
  3. Tacampbell1973

    Tacampbell1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like an idiot i had tried the "dangling" method. I don't know what else to call it. According to that of 11 keets I had 7 females and 4 males. We shall see...when I later polled everyone here at BYC i was told this method is something like only 75% accurate or so and moreover that it is dangerous as you can injure their legs. Furthermore I no longer "try new methods" unless I first check here with people who have far more experience than myself . (which is not hard to find as I have only been at the chicken/guinea keeping for less than a year[​IMG]. Anyway as you will read, they say here that you can only really tell when they are mature and then by theiir calls. Which then I have to wonder, what if you have a large bunch and can't tell who is doing the different calls? Fowl, like so many other things I have encountered in life are just destined to not have a simple answer. I guess that is what makes them so fun and interesting. Always something new to learn.
     
  4. TShelton54

    TShelton54 Out Of The Brooder

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    Voice is about the only reliable indicator of sex.
     
  5. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup, voice is the only way to know what gender guineas you have. Females are the only ones that can 'Buck-Wheat' and they can also do the 'male' call 'Chi-chi-chi'. Here's a link that may help you: http://www.guineafowl.com/fritsfarm/guineas/sounds/

    I love your avatar, by the way!
     
  6. Tacampbell1973

    Tacampbell1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My babies are now 7 weeks and today they got their big guy call, Not the "help I can't find my siblings" call, but the " hey why are you ignoring me, i NEED a treat, NOW" call that would rival a young elephant trumpeting. I thought for a minute it was an adult outside until I saw them do it. Yay another milestone...
    I have played the sound bite of the adult guineas for them a few times and I notice when they hear the females they look around for them, but when I play the males they act afraid and hide under each other. I wonder if the male cry is more of a warniing cry...
     

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