When/How to introduce baby chicks to Big Guineas

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mylittlehof, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. mylittlehof

    mylittlehof Out Of The Brooder

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    Jun 14, 2008
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    I want to allow my chix to roam around the backyard and have limited free range, but I also have 2 full grown (several years old) male Guineas that roam the backyard.

    Chickens are 5 weeks old

    I have let the chix out into a run attached to the coop and the main Guinea has rushed the fence trying to peck the babies.

    When and how should I introduce the big outdoors to the chix and how do I protect them from the Guineas?

    Thanks!! [​IMG]
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'd wait until your chickens are mostly full grown - at least 12-14 weeks or later.

    Guineas are very territorial and are likely to be aggressive towards the chickens at any age, but the larger the chickens are, the more they will be able to fend for themselves.

    Good luck!
     
  3. mylittlehof

    mylittlehof Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks - the run is big enough to support them indefinitely, but I want them to roam.
     
  4. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    Put the guineas in a fence for like a hr a day and let the babies roam a bit.
     

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