Turkey Hen and guinea fighting

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by TammyP, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. TammyP

    TammyP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi!

    I have a turkey hen and a guinea that have been at each other for a couple of days. Yesterday I caught the guinea in a net and just held it there for a timeout about 4 min.....it seemed to help for a time.

    Last night my hubby did lock up duty and didn't realize that the guinea and turkey were in the same pen.... (I have a chicken coop connected to the turkey coop and they mix up every night)

    I just went out to let them out for the day and noticed that the guinea had cornered the hen and was on it's back attacking it. I shooed it off and chased it away so I could take a look at the hen. She just stood there in the corner and I knew something wasn't right..... anyhow, she's got a bloody eye area and her waddle is too....they must have been fighting all night. [​IMG]

    This is the first this has happened and I'm not sure what is going on. Hubby says to axe the guinea.... I don't wanna.

    I'm going to seperate the turkey hen to a pen and maybe throw some eggs in a nest and see if she sits on them while recovering. Not sure if this is a good idea but I'm so overrun with turkey eggs that I don't know what to do with them. I've got 3 poults that hatched a couple of weeks ago and 8 more under a broody hen that are due Sun/Mon....I've got 4 dozen of them sitting on my counter that I have to do something with.
    (anyone need bourbon red hatching eggs? lol)

    Anyhow, I can't figure out what is going on and would like some feedback on what could be the problem???

    Thanks so much!

    ~Tammy
     
  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the Guinea a male? If so he's probably lost his mind cuz it's breeding season, too many raging hormones. I'd cage him for a while, in the coop for several days or even a week. Sometimes that will settle them down.. it insults them and usually takes the top off their aggression. It may be an ongoing problem tho until breeding season is over. If it's a Guinea Hen doing it then caging may also help, (but I have never seen a Hen turn so aggressive... except when guarding a nest). My Turkey Hen whomps on "her" Guineas and keeps the whole flock in line, lol.

    Best of luck, hope it gets worked out.
     

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