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Guineas

Postby Cowgrl101 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:21 am

Who can tell me about guineas?! I've been lookin at them and think I'd like some. Pros cons general info would be nice
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Re: Guineas

Postby prk22 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:57 pm

Pros and cons I think fall into what you are looking for with them. I looked into getting a small flock two years ago...and went with another bird ultimately. BUT I liked that they are noted to be more efficient with ticks, fleas, and other small pest that larger birds don't focus on primarily. They have great personalities from my experience...good brooders...large clutch, though they are smaller than chicken/ducks...hmmm...interesting plummage...I think my only surprise was how tiny the keets are. Plus birds in development are always so 'fragile' to me, that the smaller they are the more nervous I get about being a negative factor on success rates.
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Re: Guineas

Postby Ash » Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:01 pm

I always thought it would be cool to get a flock of peacocks. A downside to them though is that they can be very noisy.
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Re: Guineas

Postby pat » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:43 pm

I had guineas before. they are very noisy. the problem I had was my dogs end up killing all of them.
the noise drove my dogs nuts. they have a high pitched voice.

the male peacocks are the noisy ones. I had a female for a couple years, and I really liked her.
she made some low tone noises, she almost sounded like she was imitating my foxes, cats, and a horn.
overall, she was quiet. sadly, a hawk got her the other day. I am so upset and surprised over that.
i got hawks constantly flying over here..

I never had that problem when my tom turkey was alive. he died a few months ago icon-sad

anyway, you might want to hear the guineas before you buy them. they can get annoying.
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Re: Guineas

Postby Cowgrl101 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:26 pm

I like that they eat ticks and other yucky bugs!
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Re: Guineas

Postby pat » Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:49 pm

Cowgrl101 wrote:I like that they eat ticks and other yucky bugs!


yes, I have heard that too.
maybe I should get a couple guineas. last year I had a lot of ticks.
I heard this year is suppose to be bad too icon-sad
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Re: Guineas

Postby prk22 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:44 pm

Yeah...I think they are suppose to be good for snakes in tall grasses too...can someone back me up on using them for that?
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Re: Guineas

Postby pat » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:55 pm

prk22 wrote:Yeah...I think they are suppose to be good for snakes in tall grasses too...can someone back me up on using them for that?


interesting. I am not sure about that. I never noticed if the ones I use to have got any snakes.

I might get a couple again. not sure. I just hate their high pitched noise.
wonder if that noise will help deter hawks.
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Re: Guineas

Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:18 am

They will kill larger things like small snakes and rodents by ganging up on it and attacking together.

If I ever got any I'd want vulture guineas.
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Re: Guineas

Postby pat » Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:17 am

If I ever got any I'd want vulture guineas.


what are vulture guineas?
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Re: Guineas

Postby TamanduaGirl » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:59 pm

pat wrote:\what are vulture guineas?


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Re: Guineas

Postby pat » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:24 pm

wow, they are beautiful.

thanks for the picture.

not sure if I ever seen one in person.
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Re: Guineas

Postby Trefoil » Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:26 am

Vulturine guineas are not cold tolerant, pretty rare in the U.S, and very expensive. Helmeted guineas are the ones that we usually see in the U.S.,they can be loud and need to be protected at night. I don't have good luck with them going broody, but they are easy to hatch using a broody hen or incubator. They are very good with ticks and other insects but iffy with snakes &/or mice. They are a flock animal and need a lot of room to get along with each other. They prefer to roost high in trees, where they are predated by everything. They will,if allowed, hide their nests and get eaten when they try to brood. I personally like their noise, but I also have peas which can get very loud during breeding season. As far as I know the only way to maintain a flock of guineas is to have a safe place for them to roost at night where coons and flying predators can't get at them. Guinea fowl International has a good forum with lots of information and help for new guinea owners.
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Re: Guineas

Postby Cowgrl101 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:43 pm

I plan on waging war on the spiders around the house I'm moving into with my army of guineas this coming summer!!!
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Re: Guineas

Postby Trefoil » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:15 pm

Add muscovies to your plan and you'll get rid of flies and mosquitoes as well.

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