Guinea Farm :: Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Can I  pay with any credit card or must I use PayPal?

A. You can use any credit card or debit card. When at the payment page, choose the second option for credit cards. You do not have to use PayPal.

Q. When are guinea keets, peachicks or guinea eggs available?

A. Click the availability button at the top of each page, to see when they are available. Or click HERE now to go directly to the Availability Page. [You’ll need this information before placing your order.]

Q&AQ. Does Guinea Farm have a mailing list?

A. Yes, we do. You can sign up to receive periodic mailings here:



Q. How do you tell a male guinea from a female guinea?

A. Usually males have a larger helmet and wattles, and a larger bridge of the nostril. While this is never mentioned in books or literature, the larger nostril is always present on males. In addition, their calls are different and distinctive:

    • The hens have a 2-syllable call like “buckwheat” or “pot rock.” Sounds like pot rock-pot rock-pot rock. 
    • The males have a single-syllable call like “chi, chi, chi.”
    • The hens can also do that single-syllable call when alarmed, but only the hens can do the 2-syllable call.

You can also check the spread between the pelvic bones. Males will have less than one-finger space between the pelvic bones; the hens will have one- (or more) finger space between them, depending if they are laying at the time or not.

Q. What is the minimum order size?

A. Guinea Keets: 20, OR Peachicks: 8 OR Guinea Keets (25) + Peachicks (4). This is for a proper amount of birds in the shipping box for the chicks to huddle together and stay warm during shipping.

An exception to these minimums: If you live close enough to our location to pick up your order, you can order any amount. But, it will be your responsibility to keep them warm during your trip back home. Pick-up orders must be picked up on hatch day (which is Tuesday evening). Please wait for a call from us to make sure we have your order ready for pickup (to prevent driving here and maybe us not having what you needed on that day). Or, you can call before driving here and verify we can fill your order. More questions about minimums? Please call us at 563.853.4195 or email us.

Q. If the minimum order is 20 keets, must I order 20 of each color?

A. No. You can order any amount of each color, but the order must total 20 keets or more for safe shipping. [For larger orders, increments of 30 are actually best to fit the shipping boxes.]

Q. How long will it take for my guineas to arrive?

A. Our hatch day is every Tuesday of the hatching season. We ship Priority Mail late Tuesday afternoon and your guineas will arrive Thursday morning at your post office. (About 40 hours’ transit time.) Please include your email address and you will get an email notification when your order ships, along with a tracking number. NOTE: Guineas absorb the egg yolk into their abdomen just before they hatch and live on those nutrients for the first 72+ hours during shipment. As a result, they don’t require any additional food or water during shipping.

Q. Can I pick the colors in the assortments?

A. No. Assortments are hatchery choice, depending on what colors are available after we pack the specific color orders. If you want certain colors, then you’ll need to order those specific colors.

Q. Does Guinea Farm recommend wire flooring? If so, why?

Guinea-on-wire-flooringA. Yes. We recommend wire flooring for several reasons. The wire flooring keeps the birds:

    • off the ground and avoids contact with soil-borne parasites, such as worm eggs, coccidia, etc.
    • out of the mud. If you have clay soil, in the spring it tends to get very muddy at the spring thaw. When it rains, there will be no mud (in the wire flooring area) … keeping everything cleaner. 
    • out of mud puddles where diseases tend to breed … because there are no puddles where they walk.

Another benefit with wire floors: Grass and weeds grow under it and provide the guineas with green feed. (Amazingly, it doesn’t seem to get soiled from the droppings. The guineas keep it trimmed about one inch below the wire floors. The droppings just decay away, never needing cleaning.)

Q. What is pinioning and what are the benefits of pinioning?

A. Pinioning is removing one pinion joint, the joint of a bird’s wing farthest from the body, to prevent flight. Pinioning one wing on day-old keets prevents breeding stock from getting over the open top fencing at the hatchery. It keeps the breeding stock contained, assuring that the various stock are kept separated by color in individual yards.

Q. Does Guinea Farm sell breeding stock?

A. Yes. Periodically, Guinea Farm has adult breeding stock for sale in the Guineas. Ralph Winter: “Each year, we raise some colors of Guineas for replacement breeders; in those colors, we have 2-year-olds to sell and some extra young ones to sell as well. Not all colors are available every year.” Please email Ralph Winter for prices and availability.

Q. If the male peafowl is called a peacock, what is the female called?

A. A peahen.

Q. How do I file an insurance claim?

A. Since keets and peafowl are insured, in this unfortunate situation, you can file a claim with the Post Office for any shipping loss. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Proof of delivery box: Take a photo of the box.
  • Proof of value: Available in the box (packing slip) AND in email (packing slip attachment).
  • Tracking number: Available on the box itself AND in the email sent on ship date.


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