suspicious "guinea hens"

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by albia, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. albia

    albia New Egg

    Oct 21, 2008
    philadelphia, pennsylvania
    we received these 4 little guys from a friend who said they were guinea hens, and at or near adult size. but compared to the photos I've seen of guinea hens, these guys are really different!
    are they super-ultra-mini bantams? some other kind of fowl? will they stay this little and cute?
    I'd love any help!
    they're all about 1 foot in length. they're pictured with my 6-month old white leghorns for size comparison.
    thank you!
    alison. (in pennsylvania)
  2. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Um...guineas are a completely different species! lol!

    Those are bantam birds. From the look of it all are female. Also they look like Dutch Bantams and OEG bantams.
  3. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    sorry, but that guy must have been smokin' rope! [​IMG] Look to me like OEG bantams
  4. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    LOL! This is a guinea:



    You just have batams. BTW: [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2008
  5. countyroad1330

    countyroad1330 Thunder Snow 2009!

    Oct 15, 2007
    They look like Bantam Old English Game to me! And they are so cute, I love the little buff colored one!

    Since we're on the topic of guineas being misidentified... At my last job we sold chicks. One of my coworkers told a customer that guineas did not lay eggs! [​IMG] I asked if they were endangered, she didn't think it was funny. [​IMG]
  6. jossanne

    jossanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    Are you sure the guy said guineas, and not "banties"?
  7. albia

    albia New Egg

    Oct 21, 2008
    philadelphia, pennsylvania
    thanks, everyone, and thanks for the warm welcome!
    maybe the person said "mini" rather than guinea? I don't know. it was probably like a game of telephone.
    when I looked up "guinea hens" I thought I was going crazy - but I figured there might be some obscure species that I didn't know about.
    thanks for affirming that these guys (girls) are chickens after all.

    so, the one with black feet (dubbed "ugly" becuz she's so cute) is probly a dutch bantam, and the others are probly old english bantams? is that right?

    any tips for keeping the leghorns from bullying them? they seem a little terrified, most of the time.
    alison, proud bantie parent.
  8. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    They are OEGBs

  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Someone sure took a wrong turn on the poultry information highway! LOL.
  10. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 5, 2007
    Oh look at the cute little banties LOL

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