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Title: Guinea Fowl


1
Guinea Fowl
  • By Kimberly Neild

2
What are Guinea Fowl?
  • Domesticated birds originally from the Central
    African plains
  • Have been used as a source of eggs and poultry
    meat as far back as the ancient Greeks and
    Romans.
  • Most owners today keep them for pest control and
    an additional source of eggs
  • The most common breed of the species is the
    Helmeted Guinea Fowl, named for the bony
    protrusion that looks like a helmet
  • They have many different colors and variations in
    their feathers
  • Common varieties of the Helmeted Guinea Fowl
    include pearl gray, white, and lavender

3
Males vs. Females
  • Males over 1 year old are called Guinea Cocks
  • Large, cup shaped wattle that hangs from their
    head below their beak.
  • Slightly larger helmet than females
  • Warning call is one syllable Chi-chi-chi-chi-ch
    i-chi
  • Cannot imitate female sound
  • Start to practice sounds at around 8 weeks of
    age, but not necessarily just as an alert call
  • Warning call of mature Guinea Cock means that he
    has spotted something unusual in the area
  • Females over 1 year old are called Guinea Hens
  • Smaller wattles and helmet compared to males
  • Warning call is two syllables Buck-Wheat,
    Buck-Wheat, Buck-Wheat
  • Females can imitate male sound with one syllable
    Chi-chi-chi-chi-chi
  • Guinea Hens are noisier than Guinea Cocks,
    tending to make their warning call more often
  • Both males and females are a little less prone to
    shrieking after their first birthday

4
Why get Guineas?
  • Interesting new pet or addition to a small farm
  • Can be kept with chickens
  • Chickens learn that warning call of guineas means
    that a predator is nearby
  • They dont destroy flower and vegetable beds like
    chickens
  • They can be fed basically the same diet as
    chickens and can be kept in the same coop
  • Guinea guano is not as offensive smelling or as
    plentiful, meaning less coop cleaning
  • Guineas eat most insects and weed seeds without
    damaging plants
  • They act as watch dogs for the yard
  • Very little time and money is necessary for their
    care

5
Where would I put Guineas?
  • Shelter
  • Protects them from predators at night
  • Keeps them dry and warm during inclement weather
  • Requirements
  • 3-4 square feet of floor space per bird
  • Several perches of varying heights
  • Double-walled but no insulation
  • Some type of bedding such as straw or wood chips
    on floor

6
How do I care for Guineas?
  • Guineas can eat chicken mash (not pellets) if
    they are housed with chickens
  • If you have guineas alone, they should be fed a
    turkey breeder mix with a protein content of
    22-24
  • Food should be kept in a poultry feeder that is
    somehow secured to keep it clean
  • During warmer months, guineas will get most of
    their diet from insects and weed seeds
  • Guineas can be offered alfalfa and cracked corn
    on occasion
  • Fresh water should always be available. Keep
    water heater or replenish several times a day
    during winter
  • In the coop, guineas should have access to oyster
    shell and grit at all times. Oyster shell helps
    with egg formation, and grit helps with digestion
  • Use white millet seed for training. Offer as a
    treat, such as incentive for them to come inside
    in the evening

7
How do I purchase Guineas?
  • Keets (birth-12 weeks) can often be purchased
    locally with a little research
  • Eggs and day old keets can be purchased from a
    hatchery and shipped overnight
  • Older guineas can sometimes be purchased from a
    farmer that wants to thin out her/his flock
  • Try to find a guinea owner in your area. They
    can help with buying guineas, where to get
    supplies, and offer suggestions for housing and
    training.

8
What age is best?
  • Eggs
  • Must be incubated for 28 days in order for keets
    to hatch
  • Keets must then be moved to a brooder, a confined
    area with a heat lamp
  • Young keets
  • Must be kept in a brooder for 6 weeks before
    moving to outside coop
  • Can be trained to trust people if handled several
    times a day from birth
  • Need to be separated from older chickens
    guineas initially
  • Older keets adults
  • Will need to be kept in coop for a minimum of 6
    weeks before letting them roam in the yard
  • Proper floor space in coop is essential for their
    well-being during their confinement
  • Guineas that have not been handled since birth
    may not be tame
  • They will learn to accept members of the family
    that they see frequently, but they will most
    likely not want to be picked up and petted

9
More Information
  • Read Gardening with Guineas by Jeannette S.
    Ferguson, 1999.
  • Jeannette Ferguson also has a helpful website
    http//www.guineafowl.com/fritsfarm/guineas/
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