Guinea Fowl Keet Healthcare

| 7/31/2009 2:11:30 PM

A photo of Michelle HernadezShortly after my husband and I moved to our 5-acre slice of heaven, I saw the most amazing sight. While looking out in our field, I was startled to see odd-looking polka-dotted birds wandering through the tall grass. I stared for a little while at them trying to figure out what on earth they could be.

Were they some kind of wild turkey? Were they vultures? What on earth were these basketball-shaped birds that moved at amazingly fast speeds for their rotund shape?

Adult guinea

As it turns out, they were guinea fowl. I was immediately intrigued and wanted to learn more. I found that guinea fowl are very beneficial to farm life. Unlike chickens, they do not scratch or eat established plants. That isn’t to say they won’t have a sample now and then, but they prefer the insects, grasses and seeds to the plants.

As I read more, I learned that they kill snakes, eat ticks, and, when allowed to free range, are fairly self-sufficient in terms of feed. I was hooked! I wanted my own flock to help me with gardening and pest control.

Last year I got my first guineas as day-old keets. I raised them with day-old chicks. They were quite adorable, I must say.

arnold muchimba
3/14/2011 4:47:39 AM

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9/6/2010 11:51:48 PM

Hi, Carmen. I understand your sentiments. My guineas were "trained" (if you can do that with a guinea!) by being raised with chickens. My female actually did end up laying her eggs in the coop, but she'd get very fickle about actually setting. I think she didn't feel quite secluded enough. Eventually, I hatched them in a brooder. I have heard from many people who have let their guineas hatch their keets that the guineas aren't such hot mommies, unfortunately :( Good luck with your guineas. I do love spite of their vocal abilities ;) Michelle

6/17/2010 1:40:44 PM

Hi Michelle... Nice article and good to know about the vitamin E. We have a pair of guineas, and I would love to see them hatch some keets, but so far Mrs. Guinea only wants to lay her clutch of eggs in precarious places..along the roadside, in the woods, or flower beds. If only I could get her to lay someplace safe! We have lots of coyotes, raccoons, fishercats etc here in Maine, and I dont dare let her sit just any place she wants to. I keep hoping she will lay in the barn in a quiet area someplace, but she hasnt been the slightest bit interested in that so far. I love my guineas, and plan on keeping them down on the farm even though, some days, that noise.......Take care..Carmen from Homeland Farm

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