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Our Guinea Adventure

| 2/1/2011 1:34:28 PM

A photo of Oz GirlThinking about adding some guineas to your homestead?  I've been interested in guineas ever since I moved to Kansas in 2008.  My friend has a few, and every time I visited her I enjoyed watching her guineas free-range on her property.  In addition, I had heard they were excellent at tick control, and I was tired of picking ticks off our dogs or employing chemical means to keep them free of ticks and fleas!

But our chicken coop had been severely damaged in a pasture fire, so before we could get any birds at all, it needed renovated from the ground up.  Guineas and chickens were on hold for now, until we had more time to fix-up the coop... or so I thought.

The Old Coop 

On September 2nd we walked into Orscheln's for a few farm supplies, and lo and behold, they had new guinea keets and chicks in stock!  There were only 5 lavender guineas, which I wanted oh-so-badly.  Finally, hubby conceded and told me to go ahead and get them – he even bought them for me.  I was in guinea heaven.  I told Orscheln's staff I would return on Saturday to pick up the keets.  Sadly, one of the lavenders drowned himself before then, so I took a pearl guinea keet to replace him.  FYI – drowning is a common occurrence with young keets – to prevent this, I put rocks in their waterer for the first few weeks.

Week Old Keets 1 week old guinea keets 

Hubby spent all Saturday afternoon building a large brooder for the keets.  This worked out well, since I had decided I wanted to keep them on our enclosed back porch. And now this brooder will be handy when we get our first chickens this spring.

Oz Girl
6/22/2011 6:50:40 PM

Shannon ~ ours free-range when we are home. Since we both work 2nd shift, they are put in the coop before we leave for work. If they were out til 11:00 at night, we would in all probability lose them to predators! And yes, even though we only have 5, I am noticing less bugs this year. Although that could be attributed to our lack of rainfall this year too. ;-)

S.M.R. Saia
5/11/2011 7:02:08 AM

Thanks for the info. I'm seriously thinking about it...though I live in a neighborhood so though I can have 2 birds, I wouldn't want the noise to upset my neighbors....Are yours free-ranging? Are they helping with the bugs?

Oz Girl
2/2/2011 8:11:34 AM

Thanks Dave! Yes, I've seen how tame all of MW's birds are. I must admit since I've been working 2 jobs I haven't had as much time to spend with them. I'm sure as time goes on they will get more used to me... I think they're more accustomed to the hubby these days, since he's been taking care of them! :)

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