What age can you sex guineas at

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by manybirds, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. manybirds

    manybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2011
  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Big Oak Valley, CA
    As soon as you hear the 2 syllable "buck-wheat" call, usually anywhere between 5- 8 weeks (my Mom says they are saying "butt-crack", lol). Only the females make that call. Some start sooner some start later, but 5-6 weeks old is when I start grabbing the "buck-wheaters" and banding a leg so I know how many Hens I have [​IMG]
  3. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    I hear the noise in the brooder but when I go to see who is making the noise they all look up at me and shut up so I can't tell which one it is. I think I have 2 right now but there could be more since I can't tell if it is the same ones or not.
    Mine are 5 weeks old. I love all the noises they make. So sweet!
  4. manybirds

    manybirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2011
  5. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    I'm late but I actually came in to say: when they are 10 years old, you may have figured it out by then!

    It's not that you can't look at a guinea that is buckwheating and say "Yup, that's a girl". You can. And you can identify lots of males later by wattle size and behavior. But some aren't vocal, some have confusing wattle shapes, etc. So you can make a positive ID of
    - females that call
    - males with the big curved wattles later
    - couples that obviously pair off later
    - males that chase each other later
    but you may find yourself with a few alleged males that keep you wondering.

    If you sit with them as suggested when they are young, and band them as you hear them, you'll get them all, I bet. But if you're not going to band you may find yourself scratching your head occasionally.

    Have fun with it, a little mystery is good.
  6. crj

    crj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2009
    Rocky Point, NC
    I've heard the females say "Come Back"....... lol. Kind of yelling at there babies to stop wondering off.
  7. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2011
    east taunton
    1 year probably.
  8. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    I am hearing a very clear BuckWheat from two of my guineas now that they are 9 weeks. but I have been hearing occasional BuckWheat for about five weeks now.
  9. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    Quote:"butt-crack" yup, that's what they are calling the boys [​IMG]
  10. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:Hey... what do you use for bands and what age... I want to band the first eleven for sure. Both for sexing and for differentiating between two groups.

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