Very noisy keet

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by AliciaM, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. AliciaM

    AliciaM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok.. I just picked up 4 guinea keets today.. They are about 2 days old.. 1 of them is VERY noisy...So noisy in fact, that if it keeps up, I may just end up in the loony bin..

    I know that if they are making noise, it means something.. Well, it is only this one that is the noise maker.. Stands straight up and chirps like crazy.. the others are either sleeping, eating or doing other chicky things....They arent huddled like there cold.. there not sprawled like there too hot.. ive seen them eat and drink....

    Do I just have a very loud, annoying baby???

    This is my very first time ever with these things, so any and all pointers are encouraged..

    Oh.. there are 3 pearls and one lavender one...
     
  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:LOL you may have a loud baby....

    1. They need to be at 95 degrees their first week or so. If they seem too hot point the heat lamp to a corner so they have a place within the brooder to cool off.

    2. Food (game bird starter or startina.... 25- 30 percent protein) You can supplement with dry scrambled eggs if you think their diet needs a protein boost.

    3. Water free choice.

    The other thing you might do Is Put in a Mirror..... Oh my gawd. They love their mirrors. Even my twelve week olds who are already getting the red tint on their cheek patches will run into thier brooder cage and stare into their mirror when they get upset. The other day I had to round them up to move them and all I had to do is stand in the coop and make them a little uncomfortable with my presence and to a one the scurried into their little cage touching bases with their 4 x 5 mirror.

    But Other than that you are getting a taste of the noise they can make.... LOL. I have eleven biguns and 30 littleuns.... You cannot hold a conversation in my coop.
     
  3. AliciaM

    AliciaM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks... I knew they were going to be noisy... but wasnt expecting it this early....LOL.. I guess Im going to have to get there outdoor brooder going sooner than I planned... right now there in the house in a rubber maid tub right next to my desk.. I changed there tub to a dark colored one so they cant see out, and that seems to have made a difference...I also seperated one out that had a little scratch on his leg.. the others were picking at it.. there still in the same brooder, just with a wire divider between them.. its not the loudest one..but now they all have something to do.. try and get thru the wire.. LOL.. comical..

    I will have to find a mirror for them...
     
  4. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes i have read many times the mirror trick works! good luck to you, they do drive you crazzzzyyy sometimes, but they're awesome!
     
  5. AliciaM

    AliciaM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got them for there protective, guard dog tendencies.. I dont have eagle or predator problems (cross my fingers, knock on wood.. ) but ive got a bunch of annoying crows that come in and steal the chicken food and leave body parts of past meals (that they get from my neighbor) in my duck pools... Nothing is scarying them away.. Ive head that guineas will chase them off... or at least try.. thats all I ask..
     
  6. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    I had one out of 11 that would stand up and scream for a while. I was never so glad to move babies down to the barn! That was more than 5 weeks ago and I still have a very vocal one so I believe she is it! Just likes to talk all the time and loudly.

    I have a mirror in my brooder but my keets could care less about it. Now the Brahma chicks are sometimes looking in and admiring their cute little selves but I have yet to see a keet do more than glance in it. I have toys, a pan with oats, DE and wheat bran for dust bathing and dirt clods with grass in there so I think they play too much to stand and admire their pretty selves.

    However, Big Mouth still stands up and screams. She hasn't gotten over it so I suppose she will be the ring leader.
     
  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:[​IMG] ""ring leader""

    Speaking of which I have a keet that is an escape artist... Caught him now three times. Each time you'd think I was going to pluck him before I killed and ate him.... [​IMG]
     
  8. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Play the radio for them. It works!
     
  9. AliciaM

    AliciaM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, it has settled down.. I think the brooder where it cant see thru helped.. They sure are chatty little things though..
     
  10. Betty-Eve

    Betty-Eve Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I have just bought a guinea fowl chick/poult (not sure which is correct?) as a companion for my only turkey that hatched out of 6 and I cannot believe the noise of it - it is constant and so loud - they are nearly 2 weeks old turkey chips a bit and is definatly the boss but the guinea fowl just doesnt shut up!!!!!! have them under heat lamp in dog crate in the utility room of the house but can hear them upstairs as so high pitched - she obviously has a lot to say!!!!! Have hung carrots, mirror, box to sit on and go in, ample greens, grain water, daughter even stuck some pictures of other birds on top wall for them to look at!!!!!! :lol:eating and moving around ok - as long as its not a sign of something wrong? (sorry always have to worry)
     

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