Guinea Fowl :: Interesting, Protective, Useful
About guinea fowl
- have great personalities.
- will act as the farm yard watch dog, sounding the alarm whenever anything unusual occurs.
- will consume large amounts of insects.
- will seldom bother your garden or flowers.
- are easy and inexpensive to raise.
- fend for themselves, living on insects, seeds, and grasses.
- control deer ticks, wood ticks, grasshoppers, box-elder bugs, flies, crickets, fire ants and all other insects.
- and their call will discourage rodents.
- will kill snakes.
- will alert you to anything unusual.
Check out their talkative nature at just 3 days old:
Benefits of owning guinea fowl
Our customers keep guineas for many different reasons. They’re becoming very popular for the following benefits:
- Control of wood and deer ticks. People living in wooded areas have purchased our guineas to keep the numbers of wood and deer ticks low.
- Prevention of Lyme’s disease. Many of our customers buy guineas and use them to control ticks for the prevention of Lyme’s disease.
- Reduced use of chemicals and pesticides. Because guineas feed on ticks as a food source, it’s a more natural (greener) way to control the insect pest population, allowing reduced use of chemicals and pesticides.
- Rodent control. Guineas will discourage rodents with their call and will kill and eat mice and small rats.
- Snake containment. Some people who live in areas where snakes are common recount how their guineas will spot and find snakes so they can kill them before they cause any harm. Guineas themselves will often kill snakes.
- Property guarding. One customer reportedly uses guineas as junkyard guards. He says,
“If you use a guard dog, you may get sued if a thief gets hurt. But guineas roost in the trees at night, above the junkyard. When an intruder disturbs them, they make a ruckus. I simply turn on the yard lights and the intruder flees … knowing that the police are on the way. Losses are way down and no law suits.”
- Enjoyment. Other people keep guineas because they enjoy having them around. They’re very curious and interesting birds, having quite a personality.
- Beauty. They’re “pleasing to the eye.” Others appreciate the various colors, especially the new colors that are being developed.
Care and feeding of guinea fowl
- Start on a good pheasant or turkey starter feed (28% to 30% protein). The high protein makes them grow fast.
- Brood at 95 to 100° the first week. Then reduce 5° per week.
- Keep them warm and dry and you won’t have any problems with them. Be sure to prevent drafts in the brooder area.
- First water given keets on arrival should be warm to prevent chilling.
- You may also add 1 Tablespoon of sugar per quart of water to give them quick energy.
- You may also add electrolytes or Terramycin to help relieve shipping stress.
- Make sure they can’t get in the water or they will get wet and chill or drown.
- Use marbles or rocks to fill the water area so as to make a shallow drinking area.
- Place the feed and water close to the heat source for the first day.
- Suggestion: A large cardboard box (2 or 3 feet square) makes a good brooder box for 25 to 30 keets. It’s fresh and clean for each brood of chicks and can be thrown away when soiled.
Shipping guinea fowl keets
Keets. Keets are shipped Priority Mail | Insured.
Inspection. Please inspect at the post office with your Postmaster as a witness, if any loss occurs.
Insurance claims. Keets are insured and you can file a claim with the Post Office for any shipping loss.