What would you do?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by muscovy94, May 24, 2011.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Songster

    Nov 11, 2008
    Vicksburg, MS
    *Sorry if this is in the wrong section, but i didn't put it in the guineafowl section because I figured this was a pretty general question that didn't specifically pretain to guineas.*

    Anyway... We have a group of "wild" guineas that showed up on our property a few months ago. They are very skitish and don't let us get near them, but we leave food out for them every once in a while. Well a few days ago I was looking out my kitchen window and I see a momma guinea with twenty something keets faithfully following behind her (it was a very cute site) Well each day I would notice that she would have fewer and fewer babies with her. Predators are very bad around here. She had 8 babies yesterday. Today she only had 3 babies left. Well my sister's husband was cutting the grass this afternoon and spots a baby in front of him, almost running over it. The mother guinea was no where in sight. So he brings it inside to me and I put the keet in the brooder. So...My question is, would you keep the baby? Or would you give it back to its mother? I feel bad about taking him away from his mother, but I also don't want to give him back to his mother and him get taken by a predator like all his siblings have.

    Any thoughts?
    Last edited: May 24, 2011
  2. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Songster

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    Wow, what a dilemna.

    I think I'd try to give the baby back, but if she ran off and didn't accept it, then its mine for keeps!
  3. LittleChickenLady

    LittleChickenLady Songster

    Mar 4, 2011
    Clanton, Alabama
    Will wild guineas take back a baby once a person has handled it? Or are they like other wild birds and they want nothing to do with it after that?

    I'd say keep it. If the mother wasn't around when it was found, it probably isn't looking for it. [​IMG]
  4. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    Guineas are terrible mothe's. I never let mine raise there keets just for that reason. And they never care if I take them. They just go on chasing bugs.
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    OOh just keep it if you want it to survive... you know it will die if you give it back to her....
    She'll have more babies... trust me. [​IMG]
  6. stargazingmommy

    stargazingmommy Songster

    Apr 19, 2011
    finders keepers?
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    If you want it to live and grow, you'll raise it.
  8. darkmatter

    darkmatter Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    Quote:What would I do? Collect the keets and brood them, in this climate the keets get hypothermia from the morning dew and die. I've never had Guineas successfully raise their own keets. I have had Mother Hens raise the guinea keets. And I have incubated the guinea eggs, add chicken eggs a week later to hatch together and raise a combined flock.

  9. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Songster

    Feb 14, 2011
    north central Indiana
    Quote:That is a myth,they(wild birds or any kind of birds)will not abandon babies just because they were handled [​IMG].
  10. Bantimna

    Bantimna Songster

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    I'd keep the keet. From what I've read Guinea mothers are terrible at motherhood, meaning many a time owners use hens as "incubators" for the next generation. I'm not sure if this is true but, if birds smell a human's scent on a keet it is normally rejected if the species is known for poor mothering skills....? [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 25, 2011

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