New member (need help with Guinea hens)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by rottngsp, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. rottngsp

    rottngsp New Egg

    Feb 10, 2016
    (Never owned them before)
    Got a couple Guinea hens for a friend September of last year, (roll forward to now) the Guineas need to leave stressing chickens into eating their own eggs!

    Now the real question my neighbor across the street has a flock of about 30-50 guineas will mine ever come back if I let them out on to free range (after 4-6 months in a movable coop)?
    * introduction
    Hello I'm Crystal from CA haven't really had chickens or guineas before all the help will be appreciated
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hi, Crystal, welcome to BYC. Guinea fowl are very flock oriented birds. It is very likely that they will join the flock across the street if allowed to free range.
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  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Welcome to BYC Crystal. I hope you find a resolution to your problem. In the meantime, check out the learning centre if you have not already done so as well as your state thread - getting to know local members can be really helpful.

    All the best
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  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You may want to post your questions on the "Guinea thread," where folks know a lot about them.

    I don't know that stress from them would cause your hens to eat their eggs. That is a very bad habit and one teaches another to do it. They may have started up on its own with no "push," from the guineas. Please put "eat eaters," in the search box to find advice.
  6. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

    I've never had guineas but if sourland says they probably will join the neighbors, I'd believe him. Egg eating is a real problem since one of the primary reasons people have chickens is to have the eggs for themselves. Some people have had success with roll out nesting boxes where the egg drops down into a hole and the chicken can't get at it. Others have done things such as substituting the yummy inside of an egg with something chickens don't like. You'll be able to find out more using the Search feature as drumstick diva suggested.

    Good luck to you and thanks for joining us!
  7. rottngsp

    rottngsp New Egg

    Feb 10, 2016
    Thank you all for your help and advise!
    I posted in guinea fowls thred, waiting for more responses!

    Maybe I could get them a couple males they might want to stay after a few months ;)
  8. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC.

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