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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by peeps7, Sep 18, 2007.
If you put guineas in with chickens, will they hurt them?
From other threads on here, it seems most people have to keep them separated....
My guineas don't actually hurt the 3 RIRs i have. Unfortunately, out of 3 Guineas, 2 are males so that makes for some loud and interesting behavior. Occasionally, they'll chase the RIRs who just stay clear of them in the coop run. But at night, everyone quietly retires to the same coop. Since they were raised together, i think that helps. Also, the Guineas range so they're gone all day....
I just got done treating one of my Silkies for a head injury caused by one of my teenage keets. If I'm outside and hear a bird screaming I'll find the 7 teenage keets after one of my chickens.
Guineas will attack as a group. One bird will start it and the others will then rapidly join in.
The teenagers are at the moment locked out of the chicken coop and will stay out there until its time for bed.
Crud!! If they are raised with the chickens as one day olds will they still hurt them?
Doesn't really matter. Guineas are just nothing like chickens. They don't act like them in any way. It's pure luck if they get along. Mine did for months, then I had a bloody war on my hands and mine were with the chickens from the time they were four weeks old till they were about five MONTHS old. They were rehomed. I may have more some day, but they'll be hatched by a broody and I'll see if it works better this time.
I'm with Cynthia. I have guineas that I hatched and raised with some chickens and when they got bout half grown all hell broke loose. And what one guinea does they all do. They don't seem to be TRYING to be mean , just ignorant I think. I have a big black cochin hen that will put the hurt on those grown guineas though. If she's eating and they fly in near her, she will grab them by the back of the neck and body slam them to the ground. They get the picture and take off. It tickles me to watch all these crazy birds.
THAT IS HILARIOUS!!!! I have never heard of a cochin doing that. I'm getting a bunch of giants and I would have never thought.
Well I think she was just tired of all the harrassment. But she doesn't mind putting her foot (or a guinea) down. Cochins have got to be the coolest chickens ever. I have about 45 or so in my back yard and when I open the kitchen door, WATCH OUT!!!!! They come running like there's a fire because they know I have some little debbie's or old veggies.