What breed of guinea should i get?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by andrew6d9, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i have 11 buff orpingtons that are about 2 1/2 months old and i want to know what breed of guineas i should i get. i only want 1 male and 1 hen but i don't know what kind i should get. i also maybe want to breed them for meat and i will be eating the eggs. thanks.
     
  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The most common breed of Guinea Fowl are the Helmeted Guinea Fowl, and they come in assorted colors. Some people that breed Guinea Fowl for meat birds raise Jumbos or French Guineas... but sometimes they have issues reproducing, so you may want to read up on those 2 varieties and maybe even call a breeder about the pros and cons.
     
  3. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks. i like those but what kind are a pretty good mothering breed and can be eaten that are not to skinny.
     
  4. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:They don't have the same mothering skills that chickens do. As far as getting male and female the only way you can do that is to get some that are almost grown or fully grown. The only way to tell the difference between them is their call. The only ones that are affordable are the ones PeepsCA described. Various color varieties of Helmeted Guinea fowl.

    The fancy ones the ones with color you are not going to want to eat. For instance Vulturene guineafowl are an iridescent blue.... but they run a couple hundred dollars a piece. They require almost a zookeepers knowledge to provide a suitable habitat for.

    Do some more research on Guineas before you make your decision they are not for everyone. You have to be prepared for noise.... Even just two provide a noise level measured in Decibels... LOL. They can be aggressive toward chickens too. Though I have found that if you get your guinea flock up to about ten they pick on each other... Be prepared to build a second coop and run for them.
     
  5. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks but can anyone just tell me a good breed that is daul purpose for breeding and eating?
     
  6. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:We have. Helmeted Guinea Fowl. Choose the color you want.
     
  7. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    but are they what i want?
     
  8. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:All domesticated guineas are helmeted guineas, there are many varieties oh helmeted guines fowl, such as pearl (wild type), jumbo (they look like pearls but are larger), and there are many colors. Go to this site http://www.guineafarm.com/ and click on guineas: colors available to see the different varieties of guineas.
     
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  9. andrew6d9

    andrew6d9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i realize this but are there any color variety that is better at breeding and for eating?
     
  10. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well jumbos are better for eating, but I have heard about fertility issues and I do not know f they are any better or worse at sitting.
     

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