What Could I Be Getting Into??

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by RareFeathers, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. RareFeathers

    RareFeathers Out Of The Brooder

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    So here's the story. i was walking home when i noticed some chickens in someone's backyard, and some good quality belgians, so i walked over and asked if i could come in for a look. so after a quick walk around, i noticed 3 guineas, 1 lavander, and 2 pearls, and were most likely cocks. the breeder must have noticed me looking, so she asked if i was interested. i said 'maybe' and she told me that she has to house them together with her d'uccles, and they bully them, and that they're beautiful, and wants to keep 'em, but can't. so my question is, if i got them, what would i be getting into, like extra chores, noise, personalities, etc.

    thanks,

    James
     
  2. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    I was given 6 adult guineas about 4 months ago. I kept them in a coop by themselves for 2 weeks. I read on BYC to keep them in for 4-6 weeks so they would know where home is but I didn't listen and thought, Well if they're that stupid...... and Yes, they are! The 3 females took off to the woods never to be seen (or heard from) again. BUT, the boys have been here since and I love them. They roost in the big tree at the entrance to the chickens coop waiting for them to come out every morning. They like to hang around the chickens but do not really interact with them. I have 8 roos and 40 or so hens/pullets. The guineas are not bothered by the roos nor do they bother them. They just kind of hang out together. They will go into the chickens coop to eat/drink.
    Just before I got them, I had been bitten by ticks 7 times in 2 weeks but since getting them, I haven't been bit once. Don't know if thats coincidental or not.
    They are noisy but it seems only when they see something they are not familiar with. When I go out at dusk to lock up the chickens, they scream until I talk to them and they recognize the voice, then they shut up. They're funny birds! Both DH and I really enjoy them! If you do decide to get them, I just advise that you do keep them cooped up first at least 4 weeks.. Good Luck!
     
  3. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    What joedie said! Adult guineas will run away!!
    My guineas are pretty friendly. They'll jump in my lap, eat out of my hand, and follow me everywhere!
    There are noisie, but I LOVE the nosie they make! They're so wacky, and goofy!
    You should get'em! [​IMG]
     
  4. RareFeathers

    RareFeathers Out Of The Brooder

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    Would The 3 Of Them Being Males have A negative Affect?
     
  5. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    I think males can live happily together! [​IMG]
     
  6. joedie

    joedie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2009
    SW Indiana
    Like I said, my 3 are males and no problems.
     
  7. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
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    you could get them a few ladys
     
  8. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:X2
     

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