short fencing and guineas.....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sunket77, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I was wanting to take a shortcut and have a short fence to put my silkies in (4 ft) and coop them at night. I have plenty of tree cover so hawks aren't a worry and silkies can't fly so there isn't concern of them getting out. BUT I have free-range guineas and I am wondering if they will cause a problem? They perch on my 6 ft covered run all the time, I am just very new to guineas and am not sure if they would pick a fight with my silkie roo. Anyone know? Of course there is also a free range rooster from next door and not sure if he will try to jump in and pick a fight either.... [​IMG]
     
  2. Blue

    Blue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just recently rehomed some guineas that we had. They started attacking our big rooster, but they were in the lot with the chickens at the time. We could only let them out to roam in the yard if we could supervise because they always wanted to roam into neighbors' yards. The neighbors said they didn't mind, but we didn't want to take the chance of them messing up someone's garden, so we gave them away to a guy with 30 acres for them to roam around on.

    If your guineas free range and aren't in the lot with the chickens, then I don't think they'll intentionally seek out your chickens just to bother them, but if you keep them penned in together, it's very likely that they'll eventually start going after your rooster. I think it's only the male guineas that do this, so if you just have guinea hens it shouldn't be a problem.

    As for your big rooster flying over the fence to attack the other one, I've seen 2 roosters try to fight (and be somewhat successful at it) through a wire fence, so it's possible. The pet roo I had at the time, Copper, managed to get pretty beaten up from that ordeal. I never expected that another rooster would attack him from outside the fence, and if he could've flown over the fence and into the lot, he probably would have.

    This particular problem could probably easily be taken care of by throwing some pvc wire netting over the top of the run now that I think about it. It's like $11 for a 150' roll at the Lowe's around here.
     
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  3. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    all I have are two guinea males, so far they haven't picked any fights with the chickens when they free range out of their run. But they like to try and get in the run for some reason, they are always pacing back and forth like they want to go in. I guess the only thing to do is build it and see if it works! [​IMG]
     

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