whats the point of getting a Guinea?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by savilcr, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. savilcr

    savilcr Chirping

    Jan 26, 2011
    whats the point of having one?
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011

  2. GableBabble

    GableBabble Ninja Chicken Herder

    May 27, 2010
    Well people will give you different reasons for liking them. Around here the biggest reason for getting them is bugs. That was the first reason we got our first ones a few years ago. Just no one told us that adults cannot be added into your farm the day you buy them and not run off into the sunset never to be seen again....lol
    Our reasons for having them:
    They are funny, comical birds who we enjoy watching.
    AT TIMES we enjoy the noise they make.
    They keep our garden free from bugs without having to sevin our tomatos.
    They let us know when something is not right outside and we should be aware.
    Our older ones we had would chase cats, that they did not know, as a flock away from the babies.
    We happen to think they are pretty. (we are wierd I know [​IMG] [​IMG] )
  3. savilcr

    savilcr Chirping

    Jan 26, 2011
    so they assist with bugs for your garden? i might have to go pick one up tomorrow then.
  4. dadof4

    dadof4 Songster

    Aug 30, 2008
    Do you mean one or any at all?
  5. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Songster

    Sep 1, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    Pick up more than one they are flock birds, 6 or more is my advice. They kill ticks like crazy!

  6. jcatblum

    jcatblum Songster

    Oct 27, 2010
    Cement, OK
    I have 4 dogs & think I have found 2 ticks on them this yr. Before guineas I would get more than 2 ticks a week off of myself. I don't miss the ticks @ all!!!!

    My area is full of grasshoppers - they do eat the grasshoppers- however I think I need more guineas to help thin down the hoppers. Plan on keeping some of the keets I hatched just for grasshopper control.

    --- when I say loads of grasshoppers-- I am talking I get pelted with them as I walk to the barn- and those darn things can hurt!
  7. GableBabble

    GableBabble Ninja Chicken Herder

    May 27, 2010
    Here is the skinny on the garden thing. If you have a small garden I am not sure I's advise them being allowed free range in it. Our garden is the size of a double wide trailer. We have about 4 long rows of each item we want to grow. We grow to fill the freezer and the canning shelves then sell what is left. We also do not care if one here or there gets taken out by Guinea's. They will help themselves to the watermelon as payment for a mostly totally bugfree garden. I really think hubbie plants the watermelon just for them. He does add a couple tommytoe tomatos every year that they are "allowed" to eat. These are treats for the chickens and ducks as well.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011
  8. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Midwest City
    Quote:There is a guy that frequents the flea market here that reputedly has sold the same guineas repeatedly! They are a lot like homing pigeons! I would keep adults penned up for at least 2-3 months, maybe longer. We got ours as half-grown keets and only kept them penned a few weeks.
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011
  9. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Gosh, I am lucky that I had a grown one just show up and decide to live here. So I got him a mate and she was penned for a week before I let her out. She did try to take him off but he is persistent about coming back here and she finally gave up trying to leave and has stayed with him.
    He must have been let loose from someone that had just bought him. [​IMG] He was very fat when he came here to live and now is much slimmer because he free ranges. I hope they hatch some out next spring so I can catch them up and raise them for a bigger flock. I have heard Guineas are not such great mothers.

    It is best to raise them from keets to get them to stay but I have heard they still may wander away. I have some growing up now but plan to pen them for eggs and to hatch more out next year. They are lavender and I am pretty sure they would not survive in the woods and pastures being so light colored.

  10. MysticalMom

    MysticalMom Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    Why get guineas? Oh I can think of many reasons... They're unusual and beautiful and will sound an alarm to let you know when somethings wrong or someone is coming, but I love them mostly because they're tick eating fools! [​IMG] I am a first time guinea owner... but I just love them!

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