New and excited guinea owners!!


In the Brooder
Jul 22, 2016
Coolville, Ohio
Hello everyone. My name is Terry. I have just joined this site with hopes of learning how to raise my new babies (guineas). This is our first time having guineas, or any birds for that matter, and we are very excited (me more than my boyfriend.)

We have 2 birds that are about 3 months old and 8 that we purchased as tiny babies. They are a lot of fun to watch. We were keeping them in the basement while we were constructing what we call the Guinea Mansion and Safe House. I was taking them from the basement to the yard in a bird cage as soon as the weather heated up. They would get a treat on the way in and another when I took them back in in the evening. They were responding to me very well as I spend quite a bit of time with them. All was going too perfect, I guess, cause now that I have put them in the mansion, I can't get them to come out by themselves even with treats. I'm trying to teach them their new routine of coming in and out but they're just not responding. We've made a ramp for them to come in and out of the house and I know this is probably freaking them out, as well. I open the door and they all just stand there and look at it and become very skittish. There's 2 areas they can exit the house, one in the front and one on the side. I thought I'd try the front entrance since it faces the house since the side one doesn't seem to be working. I'm not ready for them to free-roam yet (my nerves can't take it, lol) so I have fenced in a little area for them to come out and forage.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Hello there and welcome to BYC!

I don't know anything about Guineas either!
So definitely follow the link that Yorkshire Coop has left for you to our Guinea section. Lots of knowledgeable Guinea owners hanging out there that can help you.

Good luck with your flock and we are so happy you could join our community!! :)
I have heard guineas can be well, strange. Some of the folks here have guineas that roost in the trees and they can't get them down. I think posting on the guineas thread is the best way to go. The experienced folks there have probably seen & heard all of their odd behaviors. On the plus side, they are supposed to be the very best tick eaters, and snake drivers and great at sounding the alarm is anything looks different to them.

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