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What are guineas for?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by LindseyM12, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. LindseyM12

    LindseyM12 Songster

    May 4, 2009
    North Carolina
    Hi! I dont know anything about guineas:rolleyes: what do you do with them? Sorry total newbie.[​IMG] Thanks
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2009

  2. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    We got them because their gorgeous, they also alert if you have intruders or predators in your yard they have a very loud call. You can eat their eggs too I think. [​IMG] I don't know if you would want to eat one.
  3. Soccer Mom

    Soccer Mom Songster

    May 5, 2009
    West of Crazy
    Quote:They are excellent pest control, especially grasshoppers and ticks. Seriously, a guinea is a bug eating machine. They also eat snakes and mice.

    Plus they make good "alarm systems" for your other poultry. They are extremely vigilant and loud when something untoward appears.

    Their eggs are perfectly good to eat and guineas themselves are actually quite tasty. Mine are usually not aggressive, but any nasty birds can end up on the table.

    And lastly, they are hilarious to watch--very silly and active.
  4. Waldo

    Waldo In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2009
    central west Georgia
    I guess guineas are like other pets people keep. You just love them and enjoy watching them.
  5. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Carroll County, Va
    I got them for pest control. Ticks and Japanese beetles should be a thing of the past by next spring! [​IMG]
  6. Most every one who owns Guinea Fowl absolutely love them.

    They come in a variety of colors, they even have "french" Guineas that are a bit larger than their cousins.

    There are "exotic" Guineas. Most have the "domestic" variety, but some on here have some very expensive and cool looking ones.

    Guinea Fowl are wackey, gooney and an riot to watch.

    They can be tamed down and taught to roost with the chickens in the coop or barn.

    They are fairly good with the predators and they "alert" to trouble.

    The chickens learn to run and hide when they get really going and spot a problem.

    My wifes sister came to visit and started screaming at the Guineas to stop with the noise.

    I did not even notice the noise as i am so used to it, that was strange !!
  7. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    we got them for bug control, but have fallen in love with them- they aren't hand tame, but they will follow us around, tell us about their day, and have warned us of hawks and gotten rid of mice- now that was a trip to watch, they act like the raptors in Jurasic Park- and when i call guinea guinea! they come running down the hill to see what i am doing...great entertainment

  8. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    target practice [​IMG]
  9. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    They are noisey, very loud, roost on your car hood and scratch it to all get out. To me there just not worth much value to me, most folks do like them though and they tend to paint a very warm and fuzzy idea of them. you should at least hear both sides.

  10. annaserv

    annaserv In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2008
    northern Wisconsin
    There ups and downs with all pets. Our 9 year old dog has way more downsides than the guineas. Not to mention our bird killing cats that like to walk all over the vehicles.

    Mine are grasshopper/bug eating machines and any pet that makes you laugh at them daily is worth it. Just watching them run is hilarious.

    Every so often I have to herd them back from the neighbors property, even though they have many acres to roam on our property. So having good natured neighbors is pretty important.

    I don't think my husband likes them, but I keep reminding him how young they are, even though they like like adults, their less than 4 month old and they are NOT chickens(think more like partridges, pheasants, wild turkeys) and they are not as friendly cause everything wants to eat them. I check in on where mine are at several times a day, so mine are really calm around me and even come to greet me (wish they didn't come and greet my truck though).

    Actually, this batch is no where near as noisy as the ones we had growing up. It probably didn't help that as kids we made an effort to stir up the guineas to get them screeching all the time.

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