I like them.. the guinea fowl..

Ok, its offical, I like these birds, they are different then chickens, ducks or turkey’s, they truly do have their very own temperment and lifestyle..

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They are very pack, family birds, where one goes, the others are sure to follow, they use sound to keep each other informed on what they should be doing.. the male is the clear leader, his girls are always busy, they are quick in their movements and their flightyness is very much like a leghorn for going up and out, but at the same time, they settle much faster..

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They are attached to the farm! and that is awesome.. my big concern at this time is that they are laying but not sitting.. I think I might need to offer them a couple choices of nests in their pen, I will certianly let more of the chicks out once big enough to do well for tick control but I am not risking my breeding trio this year.. They can get limited free range and then they need to go back to their night/breeding pen.

now if they dress out reasonable and taste as good as the ones I have had in other’s meals, I will be very happy indeed.

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8 Responses to I like them.. the guinea fowl..

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Y’know, their feathers are such a wonderfully complex pattern of black and white, so amazingly gorgeous. And then they go and turn around, and there’s that pterodactyl-like head… Do they spend a lot of time picking around dung piles, or something? (With a bare head like that, kind of makes me think of a vultures’ eating habits; )

  2. Kelli says:

    If you have a broody hen, you can use her to sit on the guinea eggs. I have heard many people use hens, my grandmother was one, instead of the guineas due to them leaving the nest midway through the brooding. Just a thought and would allow your guineas to keep laying so that you can have multiple hatches.

    • While I understand where you are coming from, I seeked out a breeder that has a proven track record of her females hatching the keets, and these girls are new mothers but from proven lines, If they can’t sit and hatch, then they will end up in the stew pot, I don’t let my girls base the buck, its would pass in the genes and therefor I am doing myself no favors in that regards.

      My good broody hens are sitting on their own eggs, I do hear you though, lots of folks choose to have a couple good broody banty hens in their flocks and to keep the broodyness out of the bigger laying birds so that they get lots of eats, I go the other way, I want to increase proven broodyness, sitting, and hatching and mothering in all of the breeds in my flock and I cull on it.

  3. what will you be doing with the feathers when they are ready for the pot?

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