questions about guineas

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by wanttobefarmer, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. wanttobefarmer

    wanttobefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am considering getting a couple of guinea hatchlings from the feed store. Maybe a couple of chicks to raise with them. I already have 14 chickens and i live on 1 acre of land. I would keep my guineas seperate until they are about 8 weeks and can be introduced to the flock of chickens that i already have. Can i raise my guineas with the chicks the same way? I live in texas and our days are about 94- 95 degrees. How long do i need to keep them under the heat lamp? can i reduce it 5 degrees weekly with the chicks? Also and this is important, How loud are guineas? I don't keep any roosters so that i don't annoy neighbors and i'd like to continue not to. Thanks. I read the information thread on guineas and it was very helpful but it didn't really cover these questions
     
  2. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

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  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    Did you say "Are guineas loud"? What? I can't hear you over the guineas. [​IMG] They are very loud & will more than likely go over the fence to visit the neighbors. I got rid of mine because they were mean to my roosters.
     
  4. wanttobefarmer

    wanttobefarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes and no. it's a good thread but nothing about how loud 2 guineas are.
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  5. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    I just purchased 4 of them that are about 4-6 weeks old and I don't hear them yet. I still have them in a medium dog crate with two Gold Laced Polish that I'm intorducing into the flock as well. Mine are chocolate crosses [​IMG] So far they are all getting along good together. Good luck to you.
     
  6. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 guinea fowl will wonder, guinea fowl are loud, guinea fowl get eaten, guinea fowl can fly to the top of a forty foot tree but will be flumaxed by a 2 foot fence, ecspecially if that fence belongs to the neighbor and you need to get it back home, guinea fowl are loud, did I mention they make a fair amount of noise?

    Mine guineas in the first year lived well with my chickens mature breeding cocks seem to get aggressive, at least mine did. Oh was I clear they are loud. They are loud when they just worry around the property, they are deafening when they get upset. What upsets them? Everything!!

    I like my guineas
     
  7. robin416

    robin416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 guinea fowl will wonder, guinea fowl are loud, guinea fowl get eaten, guinea fowl can fly to the top of a forty foot tree but will be flumaxed by a 2 foot fence, ecspecially if that fence belongs to the neighbor and you need to get it back home, guinea fowl are loud, did I mention they make a fair amount of noise?

    Mine guineas in the first year lived well with my chickens mature breeding cocks seem to get aggressive, at least mine did. Oh was I clear they are loud. They are loud when they just worry around the property, they are deafening when they get upset. What upsets them? Everything!!

    I like my guineas

    That about covers it. And its not an exaggeration.

    If I ever had to choose between chickens and Guineas I would keep the Guineas even with all that greathorse said about them.
     
  8. greathorse

    greathorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have raised a number of hatches with my chicks worked out fine. I had no issues with brooding them at different temps
     
  9. Struttn1

    Struttn1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you also forgot to mention guineas luv to run around on the roof of your house and play in the road. [​IMG]
     
  10. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but don't guineas wander over something like 5 acres (or more) if they free range? (thinking about your neighbors)

    I asked the same question a few weeks back about keeping guineas and chickens as adults together. I got both pro and con repsonses, but the con responses (adult guineas are capable of ganging up on a chicken and being quite mean) convinced me to keep them seperated from one another.

    Regarding the temp, I also did the 95 degrees to start, and then reduced it by 5 degrees each week and the keets seemed very comfortable. I don't guess you need a light if the temp in the brooder is so high (though I'd keep a thermometer and a light handy in case something changes and for night time)

    I hope this helps -- people have been so great sharing what they know here I feel compelled to do the same!
     

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