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Will Guineas cause stress in chckens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Remo, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Remo

    Remo Out Of The Brooder

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    I am sure this has been covered somewhere on this forum but, I am too lazy to look. I have 6 Guineas that live, eat and run with my chickens. I have noticed lately that the guineas are chasing my chickens and trying to bully them. My question is will this cause my hens to quit laying? I have 20 hens and I am only getting 2-5 eggs a day, I was getting as many as 10 during Dec. and Jan. They do free range almost everyday but the guineas stay close to the hens and are constantly chasing them. I separated the guineas last nite into their on pen and they won't be free ranging anymore with the chickens in hopes of making life less stressful on the chickens, anyone else had the same problem? Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Very frequently as the breeding season approaches, guineas with their 'mob' mentality will start harassing the chickens. Depending upon the severity of their antics it can be stressful enough to impact egg production.
     

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