BESIDES ALTERATIONS…SHARON SEWS 4 YOU WILL NOW HAVE GUINEA FOWL KEETS FOR SALE IN BURLINGTON, NC!
We start hatching in the spring each year, guinea fowl are seasonal layers and usually start laying in May so we will have keets (chicks) sometime in June. We have Royal Purple as well as African White Guinea Fowl keets (chicks) in our backyard flock and hatchery stock, so if you would like to have locally hatched guinea fowl keets and would like to see the parent birds, come have a look at ours!!!
ALL ADULT GUINEA FOWL sold for 2020…SORRY!
If you choose to buy guinea keets from us or anyone else they will need several things so you can raise them successfully. Here is the best instructions I have found as well as all the things you need including proper feed. There are 2 sites CLICK HERE OR CLICK HERE.
Royal Purple Guinea Fowl is, in my opinion, one of the prettiest of all guinea fowl. Their feathers are very dark grey or black looking. They have a beautiful purple sheen when the sun hits them. The down feathers (underlying feathers) are a bright purple beneath the grayish purple outer layer of feathers and causes the color.
The African White is one of the rarest of the Guinea Fowl family and also a very beautiful bird. Personally I can’t make up my mind which ones I like best.
MAYBE YOU SHOULD DO LIKE I DID AND JUST GET SOME OF BOTH!!!
I want to be as honest as I can and tell you what I know about Guinea Fowl. Both the good and bad so you can make an informed decision before you decide to buy (or not to buy) guineas…so here goes.
7 REASONS TO WANT GUINEA FOWL
1) Although smaller than chicken or duck eggs Guinea Fowl lay great tasting eggs. Since the eggs are smaller I think they make delicious pickled eggs. They can also be eaten any other way you like eggs as well. Guinea eggs are about the size of bantam chicken eggs is the best way I know to describe them.
2) Like all Guinea Fowl these are terrific bug catchers and they will not peck at your veggies in the garden nearly as bad as chickens do, but Guineas will still peck something occasionally.
3) Guinea Fowl will eat horn worms and other worms and/or larvae as well as bugs and insects that damage garden veggies, flowers, shrubs, trees and herbs.
4) Guinea fowl even eat mosquitos, ticks and stink bugs!
5) Guineas are one of the greatest (ALL NATURAL) pesticides you can find anywhere! I see mine chasing/eating flies, moths and other flying insects all the time.
6) I’ve been told that Guineas will kill snakes. I do not know. I’ve not seen mine kill one, but I wouldn’t stop them.
7) Guinea Fowl are loud…for us this is a plus. My husband doesn’t hear well and the guinea fowl lets him know if something is going on that is out of the ordinary.
I heard Guineas would not scratch up my garden or flower beds like chickens, but they do…just not nearly as bad. Remember they eat bugs that borrow and worms that are in the dirt so they do scratch a little.
Just so you know ducks eat lots of bugs too and don’t scratch at all, but they do poke holes with their beaks, especially in rainy weather.
6 REASONS NOT TO WANT GUINEA FOWL!
1)Guinea Fowl are loud so consider your neighbors and how close they are to your property.
2)Guinea Fowl can also be bullies. All birds have a pecking order but guineas seem to insist on being top bird. Many times they tend to pick on new arrivals. If you already have chickens, ducks or whatever and you introduce young guineas at 8-10 weeks old or younger there isn’t much problem. BUT! If you have older guineas and introduce young chicks or ducks the guineas may kill them if you free range them all together or house them together.
I suggest housing guineas, duck, turkeys and chickens in separate pens anyway as some carry diseases that will kill others if housed together. I haven’t had any problems in several years with free ranging together in the yard.
BEWARE GUINEA FOWL ARE WANDERERS!
3)Guinea Fowl love to roam and will visit neighbors or wander off if free ranged. Many times young guineas will leave and never return unless you hunt them down, capture them and bring them home. I lost 30 at one time in about an hour, and I thought I was watching them…NEVER SAW THEM AGAIN!!!
I suggest keeping guineas in the pen they will live in from babies and letting them free range when you can keep a close eye on them. This way you can put them back in the pen before roosting time and get them in the idea of going home at night. Also keep their food and water in this pen. It can be as simple as a pallet shed or as elaborate as you want it.
GUINEA PENS CAN BE ANYTHING AND ANY WAY YOU WANT AS LONG AS THEY CAN’T FLY OUT!!!
I have also found one of the best ways to keep guineas close to home is to only let out about 2/3rds to 3/4ths of them. If you stand at the door and close it keeping some of them in the pen they will call the others back if they get out of sight.
Remember they are excellent flyers and will choose to roost in trees if possible so be sure your pen has a roof or netting overhead.
4) Breeding and/or brooding problems. Guinea fowl are ground layers. They hide their eggs very well. That being said if you free range them (and can keep them at home) you will likely not find all their nest. You will lose eggs and may have a hen to hatch unwanted keets. Sometimes you will even find a nest with a bunch of rotten eggs in it…when it’s too late.
5) Guinea Fowl are not the smartest creatures in the bird family. If one gets separated the whole flock goes crazy screaming and hollering until they get back together. This is what I was saying about keeping a few in the lot they should be in. It still seems like they go everywhere except where you want them to.
6) If a predator comes around guinea fowl are usually the first things that get killed unless they can fly into a tree or on something high enough to get away. Another reason I suggest keeping them in a pen with a top of some kind unless you are around to keep an eye on them.