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Vultiurine guinea fowl question

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by cwatling, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. cwatling

    cwatling New Egg

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    I have a few questions about these beautiful birds that i would like to get within the next year. First of all, I'm located in southern Ontario and wondering if there are any breeders in Canada of these birds because I don't know of any. How large of a pen is required per pair? Will they get along with other birds such as pheasants, francolins , or peafowl?
    Any input will be appreciated

    Thanks
    Chris
     
  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    There is a Vulturene breeder in Colorado. But I dont know how well they will do in the upper latitudes. They are right here at BYC so maybe they will answer your questions.

    deb
     
  3. cwatling

    cwatling New Egg

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    Thanks I know of a few breeders in the U.S and will will probably just imports some. I have heated sheds for my green peafowl and others for winter so it is not a big deal.

    Chris
     
  4. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Hopefully Casuarius will respond he/she is very knowledgeable about housing and compatability....

    I envy you I would love to have some Vulturenes. I am not experienced enough... yet.
     
  5. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    D&m farms or Sid from Texas both breed them, check with peafowl breeders on the UPA breeder list. Leggs may also have some.

    They will sure need heat, about like the green peafowl.
     
  6. cwatling

    cwatling New Egg

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    Thanks. Im thinking I may try to get a couple from brad legg next fall. Anyone know if they can be kept with any other types of birds like francolins or peafowl and what the space requirements are per pair.


    Chris
     
  7. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    You might ask Brad Legg. All I have ever seen was them being kept in single species enclosures. You might check out this thread and ask there.... https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/559502/guineas-of-a-different-color-vulturine-hybrids/30
    the original poster of that thread breeds exotics they are Spectrumranch as well as Casuarius at the bottom of the page.

    good luck.
     
  8. Choctaw Valley Farm

    Choctaw Valley Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be kept in their on pen they will also need to be kept in heated house in the winter, and if you can find them they are around $500.00 to $600.00 a pair.

    Enjoy.
     
  9. casuarius

    casuarius Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldnt keep them with other species personally...just for disease prevention. These are the most delicate Guinea Fowl, and get sick very easily. They also lose their toes to frost bite, they need heat of at least 50 degrees through the winter. I've kept Green Peafowl in the teens with no heat and had no problems...but they were kept in a shelter. Small greenhouses are excellent for keeping exotic birds in through the winter, and practically stays warm enough on its on during the day if in direct sun. I use Ivermectin to worm all of my birds. 2 cc to a gallon of water, it kills any parasite. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the pens, the better for breeding exotic Guineas. I've always used 50ft x 50ft pens, I've tried 10x20, but didnt have as much success as i've had with the larger pens. Put lots of brush in there for them to hide in for nests, and build the pen in a well drained area where no water stands, theyre very prone to bacterial infections from too much wet ground. If this can't be provided, they filling the pen with 4'' or more of dry course sand or gravel works well. Cheapest ones i've seen for sale have been $850/pr, prices keep going up on them because people just cant breed them or let them get sick and die out. Importing would be very expensive, besides the permit costs, and shipping, the quarantine fee now is $800 plus per bird, unless you know something I dont lol. I hope this helps answer some of your questions, if you have anymore just ask.
     

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