Stray Guinea Joins Our Chicken Flock

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by High Plains Hens, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. High Plains Hens

    High Plains Hens In the Brooder

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    We have a RIR flock (10 hens, 1 roo) that free ranges within our 1-2 acre, unfenced, property.

    Yesterday, a random guinea started foraging with them. The chickens barely acknowledged it, so I just let the guinea hang out with the flock. I figured it would go back home before night. But, when I went to close the coop for the night, the guinea was perched on the roost in the middle of all the chickens. Again, they seemed to be accepting of their new friend. So, I let it stay. Now on day 2, the guinea is still hanging out with our flock.

    What should I do?! Just allow the stray Guinea to stay? As long as it doesn’t bother the flock, I’m okay with it. There are lots of farms around; should I look for it’s home?

    Has anyone else had a stray guinea show up randomly and take up residence with chickens? Are there any concerns I need to be aware of? Should I remove it? The chickens are priority, so if the guinea is a threat to them in anyway I won’t allow it to stay.

    Any advice is appreciated. Thank you in advance!

    I included some photos. P.S. They are beginning to molt, so don’t mind their patchy, pale feathers ;-)
     

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  2. Henry&Friends

    Henry&Friends Songster

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    I would let it be, if it wants to go back home it’ll go back home. They eat the same stuff as chickens (I have 3 guineas with 15 birds.) so feed shouldn’t be an issue. They scream all the time, so be ready for that
     
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  3. High Plains Hens

    High Plains Hens In the Brooder

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    Thank you! So far, the Guinea has been kind of quiet just making sounds like the hens “egg song.” But our hens are fairly loud and vocal anyway, so it’s hard to tell who’s talking unless I’m watching. I think it’s a female bc it’s calls are two syallable. I’m curious if it will lay in the nest boxes? It seems to be following the flock around like a lost puppy...
     
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  4. cmfarm

    cmfarm Crowing

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    It should be fine to leave with your chickens. If it belongs somewhere it just may to decide to go home after a while. There is an advantage to having it there, they are great at spotting and alarming of predators, so it could be beneficial to have around.
     
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  5. SoftSilkie

    SoftSilkie Crowing

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    I would check it for lice before deciding anything. If it has lice, kick it out or treat it. If it is love free, I would then figure out of it is a bit of girl. If it is a boy, I would allow it, but it won't be aloud to eat chicken food. If it is a girl, welcome new friend!
     
  6. High Plains Hens

    High Plains Hens In the Brooder

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    Pretty sure it laid this in the nesting box...it’s speckled and smaller than our RIR eggs. Guinea seems to be friendly and healthy. It loves the DE dust bath so I’m not worried about lice. Thanks for the feedback! I’ll keep you posted.
     

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  7. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    Nope, neither one is a guinea egg. Guinea eggs are pointed on one end. Mature guinea hens lay eggs that are approximately 2" long and 1 3/8" in diameter at the wide end.
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  8. Dmontgomery

    Dmontgomery Songster

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    We had the same thing happen here a couple years ago. A stray guinea hen showed up in our yard one day and moved right in with all the other chickens! There is a family about a mile away with a guinea flock, so we assumed she came from there. She was extremely well behaved and never caused any trouble with the chickens.
    I hope you keep her and it all works out.
     
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  9. High Plains Hens

    High Plains Hens In the Brooder

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    Update... the guinea disappeared after a week. I guess it decided to go back home? I was definitely incorrect with the egg post (let my imagination run wild!), because I’ve found speckled eggs in the nest boxes since it left. Thank you for the input!!!
     
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