BESIDES ALTERATIONS…SHARON SEWS 4 YOU WILL NOW HAVE GUINEA FOWL KEETS FOR SALE IN BURLINGTON, NC!
We will start hatching in the spring, guinea fowl are seasonal layers and usually start laying in May so we will have keets (chicks) sometime in June. We will be adding Royal Purple Guinea Fowl and keets (chicks) to our backyard flock and hatchery stock, so if you would like locally hatched guinea fowl keets and want to see the parent birds, come have a look at ours!!!
Royal Purple Guinea Fowl is, in my opinion, 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.
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 (or not to) buy any so here goes.
6 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.
2) Like all Guinea Fowl they are terrific bug catchers and they will not peck at your veggies in the garden 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.
I heard Guineas would not scratch up my garden or flower beds like chickens, but they do…just not as bad. Remember they eat bugs that borrow and worms that are in the dirt.
Just so you know ducks eat lots of bugs too and don’t scratch at all, but they poke holes with their beaks.
6 REASONS NOT TO WANT GUINEA FOWL!
1)Guinea Fowl are loud so consider your neighbors and how close they are, BUT the other side of that is THEY ARE LOUD…so they are great watchdogs and will alert you if anything or anyone comes around that they don’t know or recognize which in my mind is a good thing since I don’t hear well.
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.
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 suggest keeping guineas in the pen they will live in from babies and letting them free range when you can keep an 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.
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 you will likely not find all their nest. You will loose eggs and may have a hen to hatch unwanted keets. Sometimes you will find a nest with a bunch of rotten eggs.
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. It seems like they go everywhere except where you want them to.
6)If a predator comes around guineas 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.