Why would anyone in their right mind own a Guinea?

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by Bammony, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. Bammony

    Bammony Red-dress-less

    Aug 15, 2008
    Salina, Utah
    My friend is giving me a male guinea today. I don't know anything about them. What do peeps do with guinea's??? Can they live with chickens? are they aggressive? Do they taste good? will he be okay without any female guinea's there to keep him company on those cold lonely nights? will he get a complex and start thinking he's one handsome rooster and try wooing over one of my chicken hens? [​IMG] Thanks for any help!
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2008
  2. luvzmybabz

    luvzmybabz Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    I have seem a guinea chicken mix and man it was FUGLY. I can't stand quinea's anyway because of the noise factor. I remeber hating them as a kid and when I went to pick up some chickens the lady was letting her 50 free range guineas out man what a headache I had. Now my chickens make beautiful music. The guineas sound like 50 cats in a wahing machine.
  3. Dottie Pratt

    Dottie Pratt Songster

    Sep 4, 2008

    I have 6 guineas.
    They live in the coop with 5 ducks and 2 hens and of course a roo.
    They all free range during the day. And come back at nite.
    They are fun to watch. But won't let me get close to them.
    Mine are about 23 weeks old.
    Don't know which is male or female tho.
    I wouldn't have just one tho.
    Read alot here that 2 is always better.
    I'm not reallt answering your Questions. But I love mine.

  4. M@M@2four

    [email protected]@2four Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Quote:LOL...... [​IMG] I have 6 guineas and they are by far the craziest chickens I have ever seen! But I do love them and they have almost rid my property of ticks and mosquitos! My son got Lyme's disease this past Spring from a tick bite...once I got Gunieas I noticed less and less ticks. They can be aggressive, but that's usually if they are in a group. He will probably do fine, but I would keep a close eye on them as sometimes they can be bullies.

    Editing to add my guineas free range and coop up with my chickens, turkeys, ducks, etc. and do just fine! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2008
  5. feathersgalore

    feathersgalore Songster

    Sep 4, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Guineas are great! They have really controlled the tick problem and love japanese beetles. My guineas get along fine with my chickens (they are housed with them but free range during the day). Once guineas are older their noise level decreases (not as much "new" stuff). I've also never had my guineas mate with my hens.
  6. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Guineas can make one helluva racket and they have face only a nutter (like me) can love. They also eat your bugs and make for very interesting garden ornaments. They can be kept with chickens, but they can fly quite well and won't stay in an uncovered run. If they've been properly homed, they will return to the coop at night. An already grown guinea, however, may not cooperate. Try: http://www.guineafowl.com/fritsfarm/
  7. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    North Dakota
    I love my funny amusing guineas. I currently have 21, a hen/rooster pair, three youngsters and 16 that are 4wks old. They have really decreased the number of ticks and bugs.

    They are so comical to watch
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Male guineas can be aggressive but it usually directed at other birds. They make a lot of noise. They also can cross breed with your chickens.
  9. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I love my guinnies and dont know what I would do without the Guinnies on patrol...I let them out in the mornings and they patrol all day long to return to the coop at night. I got mine when I got my chicks and they were all raised together and no problems ...I know some have gotten eaten by coyotes but that happens. I got some more babies just recently and they are going to run free range also. No ticks here and the bugs are scarce also. Before you couldnt step outside without tons of ticks on you and now no problems...I love the noise they make and you can tell the difference also as the males have a bigger horn on top of their heads. They also make a different noise than the females. Yep just makesmy day when I see them out in the pasture in the mornings on patrol. Mine dont lay in the coop and have found many clutches out in the pastures. Oh well the eggs are small and the hens here make up for the difference.
    I have many different colors also. Some males can bully but it dont last to long.I would try to get another as they like to travel in pairs or a group.
  10. spatcher

    spatcher Songster

    Apr 13, 2008
    Virginia - Southside
    Not to commandeer the post but are they good layers and are their eggs edible? Thanx!

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