Guinea FowlAugust 28, 2020
Guineas are a wonderful addition to any flock or farm. They have some unique characteristics that are not shared with chickens, ducks or other poultry.
- They are probably the “wildest” bird in the poultry barnyard. Because of this they have retained an almost insatiable appetite for bugs and seeds. They patrol as a group from morning to night looking for those unfortunate bugs that crawl into the open or weed seeds scattered in your yard and garden. Most of the time they will not bother the plants in your garden. However, be careful that you do not feed them vegetable scraps from your garden as you brood your baby guineas. They might remember that as a tasty vegetable when they actually start working for you. But their voracious appetite for bugs, slugs and seeds is their most redeeming feature.
- Anyone that has been around guineas knows their loud cry when they are startled or bothered. They are the farmer’s version of the Neighborhood Watch. A different car pulling in the driveway? Alarm time! A hawk or owl in the sky? Alarm time! A skunk or possum prowling the henhouse? Alarm time! Don’t worry, if you have guineas, you will never be surprised by a two or four legged intruder.
- We hatch Pearl Guinea keets from February through October. Ordering is easy and typically we can get your keets to you within a couple weeks of your placing your order. Our minimum order is only six as we can use a heat pack to keep them warm from our hatchery to your home.
- You must use game bird or turkey starter and grower for your guineas as they require a higher protein level in their feed. But otherwise, you brood and grow them as you would ducklings, goslings or chicks.
- Guineas seldom scratch in the dirt so they rarely damage gardens. But they do enjoy on occasional dust bath. They are entertaining watching them patrol in groups looking for bugs. They are also much better fliers than chickens and will roost on roofs or in trees if you don’t clip their wings. Given enough room, they can co-exist with chickens, ducks and geese quite well. Guineas are a great addition to almost any flock of poultry. Is now the time for you to add them to your flock?