My brooder doubles as transitional housing for guinea hatchlings. Once they are old enough to go outside I put them in their former wood, chicken wire, and hardware cloth enclosing and sit it next to the coop. Guineas are smaller than typical farm poultry and can be squished by them or relentlessly pecked if intermingled.
The various flocks get to know one another this style and the guineas learn where their home base and protectees are situated and will most often never stray too far away from the coop unless hunting for food and roost in nearby trees at night.
Guineas prosper and have the best chance at survival, when they are in a flock of at the least 10 to 15 others members of their breed .
The keets( young guineas or hatchlings) remain in their new enclosure until “they il be” keets at least one month old, but typically two months old. Letting them free-range too soon will rapidly zap the numbers of your flock, unless older guineas are also present to teach and help protect them. While the keets are in their outdoor enclosure I let them out in the late afternoon every day for at the least a few hours even though their temporary habitat is spacious.
Guineas require a substantial amount of exercise for both their physical and mental well-being. Being acooped upa tend to attain them very testy. Seduce them back before the sunlight sets with the shake of a feed bucket or a treat. This helps to train them to come back to the same area near the duck and chicken coop at nightfall to protect your meat and egg flock. They can snack on anything that is also safe for chicks and ducklings, but millet seems to be their favorite treat. Packages of millet run only got a couple of dollars and are readily available in the bird section of the pet store. Simply plant the remains of a millet stick onto the compost pile and soon you will be growing your own guinea treats.
Guineas need a diet filled with more protein than chickens, ducks, and turkeys. They can survive and flourish on the same feed but flourish when fed a high protein diet to supplement their foraged dinners when necessary. Keets should be offered a feed with about a 25% protein ratio. Once they are older the protein level can be reduced to about 18 to 20% and then a 16% layer mash once they are more mature birds.
Not Your Typical Farm Animal
Do not try to catch a guinea by one leg as many folks do with chickens. It will go into attack mode immediately and maybe break its beak trying to get free. Guineas love their freedom and can be tamed to some degree, especially if you raise them from hatchlings( many homesteaders buy eggs from local or online hatcheries) and to be dealt with often, but do not expect them to warm up to you as is common with many breeds of chickens and ducks.
Guineas will come operating to you for a treat or a meal, which are the best ways to seduce them to gather where you need them to be and to do a flock counting. When raised among chickens and ducks, guineas tend to become a lot more tamed than flocks created isolated from more domesticated fowl.
There are a plethora of guinea assortments, many are quite beautiful in their own odd-looking kind of route. They typically lay eggs between March and May like other breeds of poultry after the hens reach about 25 to 30 weeks old. A healthy and average hen will usually lay about 100 eggs each year until she is at least five years old.
Guinea hens commonly lay their eggs in either the late morning or early afternoon hours. The hens typically lay their eggs on the floor of their hutch or the ground near their roosting spot and not in a nest. In all honesty, “youre supposed to” wonat understanding your guineas has laid eggs until you ensure a string of hatchlings trailing along behind them.
Guinea eggs are rather cute. They shells are a light shade of brown and speckled. The egg shells are a significant bit tougher than regular chicken eggs and have a sharper point on the rounded narrow objective. Guinea eggs are smaller than chicken eggs. It usually takes three guinea eggs to equal the size of a standard chicken egg.
Identifying Male From Female
One guinea cock per every 5 hens is recommended a as long as the cock is no more than three years old fertile eggs should be readily produced. A cock and his harem of laying hens develop quite a tight bond and often run to each other like long-lost fans in a cheesy romantic comedy when divided only a short while or by a small distance a it is quite a humorous sight to behold.
Guinea hens are typically quite fertile. Rarely do they cross-breed with free-ranging chickens. If the unusual does result, the end result is most often a vulture-looking form creature that is infertile.
Sexing guineas based upon how they seem is nearly impossible. Cocks are slightly larger than hens once they pass the keets stage, but itas scarcely enough of a difference to notification. The red waddles on the neck of a cock are a little more vibrant and larger than the waddles on a hen a but again, it is quite a subtle difference.
Guinea hens make a two-syllable voice which some folks hear as acome back, come backa and others think sounds more like, agood luck, good luck.a Cocks prefer to make a one-syllable noise that sounds an nasty lot like the buzz of a chainsaw or a recurred, achi-chi-chi.a A guinea hen who is in an angry state can sound a lot like a cock, but cocks have never been known to make a two-syllable sound like a hen.
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