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Spotlight Breed Of The Week French Guineas
Guineas originated from West Africa and were introduced to the United States right before the Civil War era.
The young hatchlings are a little larger but can look very similar to quail and are known as keets, they are very active and easy to raise. The day old keets should be kept in a brooder as you would any other birds until about 5-to 6 weeks of age, then at that time they will require very little attention and will take care of themselves by hustling for their food. Once matured the birds are a purplish grey color with small white spots.
Guineas are considered watchdogs and generally will not attack people but will follow you around the yard at times. However, they are known for their alert behavior and vocal nature they will sound an alarm anytime anything unusual occurs.
They are known to be effective at warding off hawks, rats, foxes, and snakes with their cry, helping to protect not only themselves but other birds on the farm that are prone to attack by predators.
Also, as Lyme disease a tick born illness has become more and more prevalent, many farm owners with livestock and family have turned to Guinea fowl to help eradicate the danger. Guineas are especially known to immensely enjoy snapping up ticks out of tall grass where they tend to thrive and pose threats to dogs, children, and livestock nearby.
Once raised from the young, Guineas will pretty much live wild and roam free, but since they are territorial, they will stay in close proximity to where they have been raised. Guineas also are an excellent bird to harvest for its meat, tasting almost identical to pheasant and their meat is known to be extremely tender and lean. The birds prefer to be free- ranged instead of being cooped up. If the birds must reside in a coop, ensure that each bird has 2 to 3 feet of living space and when fed a high energy, high protein ration similar to broiler feed, they will weigh in excess of 4 pounds at 12 weeks of age. The guinea hens will lay triangular shaped small brown speckled eggs from approximately March through August.
Guinea Fowl are truly one of the most useful and hardy domesticated land fowl in the country and are a great addition to any flock whether it be small or large.
Adult French Guineas Fowl
Day Old Keet
Other Facts: Guinea Fowl eggs are a creamy color with light brown spots. The small end are more pointed than the chicken egg. They have a higher yolk to white ratio than normal chicken eggs. Guinea fowl eggs are smaller than chickens' - the general rule is that 2 guinea fowl eggs equals 1 large chicken egg.
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