Tame guinea spit in owners face. Anyone else have this happen or know about this behavior?

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  1. Foxs Fowl Farm

    Foxs Fowl Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    I am wondering if anyone else has hand raised guineas and found out this "trick". Not really a good trick for the owner who loves her guineas, but possibly if being attacked by a predator? I am thinking it is a defensive move, as the guinea, Elgon, was being given a bath and she was not happy about it. She actually spit saliva into her owner's face. I was told it stung her eyes, somewhat like when sweat gets in them.

    FYI...this is a common occurrence with "J" and her guineas. Bath time is not new to Elgon or her sisters. Elgon was not in the mood it seems. lol
    "J" is a young woman I sold keets to, a little over a year ago. She stays in contact with me and tells me of her guinea adventures. "J" has dressed up as the Queen of Dragons, Calissi/Daneres of ... (sic) from Game of Thrones and the guineas were her dragons. Amazing!
    She has dressed them for other occasions, as well. They are hilarious birds for sure! Full of personality. I find "J's" talent and patience at hand taming these wild birds miraculous!! Sometimes, very informative, as well as entertaining. I had no idea guineas could swim, let alone spit.
    "J" found out about the swimming when they were enjoying the pool and the girls decided to join them. Well that gave the hubby and his friends the idea to race them. Yes, there is a video of her girls racing from one end of the pool to the other. Oh my, I was stunned and amazed!
    My guineas pasture range all over and around us. No hand taming on my end. They have never been observed swimming on our irrigated pastures either. I'm telling you, when she tells me some of her guineas antics, I wouldn't believe it if I didn't know her.
    I didn't find any info plugging it in to searches, so thought I would put the question out to you all.
     
  2. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    I've had two guineas now for almost 13 weeks and I've never had one of them to spit on me. It sounds like she has picked up a bad habit.
     
  3. Foxs Fowl Farm

    Foxs Fowl Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for responding. I was afraid reading it, people would think it was a joke. It's definitely not. I wanted to get attention and see if long time guinea breeders may have come across this at one time or another.

    There is nothing I have found online, so far, that even mentions this as a defensive act or just a weird thing they do.

    Well, these 3 guineas are just over a year old. I can't even imagine bathing mine, but she does. I've had to blow dry keets and chickens to warm them when they found there way into water during our colder months. I know others who do this with chickens, bathing them....

    Another tidbit of info...She has a neighbor who has complained to the city about the noise the guineas made, though she has no ordinances regarding livestock/roosters, etc. Noise complaints are a little different in Phoenix, I guess. Anyways, she bought the No Crow collars because she was afraid if she didn't stop the noise they were making she could have to give them up. These birds are beloved pets.
    I had recommended this product to a chicken contact who lived where roosters are not allowed. I had seen it in the poultry magazine we subscribe to. He didn't have luck, but he was afraid to place it on too tightly. I've met another keeper who uses them on cockerels and roosters, and she also makes her own. I'm glad I don't have to worry about this concern, but those who do...there is a way to keep the noise in check and possibly keep roosters in areas where zoning prohibits them.
    Anyways, the collars have actually worked for the guinea chatter. I was happy to hear this, especially due to her dilemma regarding the neighbor.
     
  4. pattyhen

    pattyhen Chicks Ducks oh my

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    Your welcome and sorry I couldn't help you I'm definately a newby when it comes to guineas. They are such a delightful bird to have and so entertaining. I'm glad your friend got to keep her guineas by using the collars.
     

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