Raising guinea fowl?

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    Who has experience? What do I need? Difficult? Will a 6x10x6 roofed and fenced area suffice for 1/2 dozen birds if I provide roosts?

    I have acreage, a pond, dogs, and a couple of barn cats.
    You may have seen my recent recent thread on being plaugued with copperheads this year (15 killed so far). And, the grandkids were here this weekend, and two of them ended up with ticks.

    Got me to thinking about guineas. I'm told they are great help with pests, will help rid the yard of snakes, and make pretty darn good watch dogs.

    I have an open pole barn where I store equipment. Will they take up roost on the rafters and poop all over my equipment?

    Like I said before, this is my go-to place for all sorts of information. You folks seem to know it all - from kotex to cotton candy!
     

    skfullgun

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    I looked into raising peacocks. It seems like they are more trouble than I care to put into the project. Guineas, on the other hand, appear to be a rather hands-off endeavor - at least from the little bit of research I've conducted up until this point.
     

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    I used to raise guineas and it is quite challenging. I hatched them from eggs and kept the keats penned up until they were adults. I learned that the hard way as I had hatched about 15 of them and turned them loose when they were just large enough to fly. When I let them out they took off in every direction, never did see any of them again. By the same token I was sitting on my patio one day watching my herd of guineas eat bugs and heard a squawk and up walked 9 guineas and joined my herd. I never did find out where they came from a neighbor I suspect. As far as snakes they were in the yard one day and a rat snake came along was slithering through the herd and they never made a sound they would just hop over him as he went by.
     

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    I had a friend in the Hill Country that had a few running around. He treated them like feral barn cats. Some old plywood for an open front and bottom shelter. he just fed them there a couple of times week to keep them around.
     

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    Out here by the lake!
    My only experiences with them was in Africa. Noisy as phuc! They would come to water twice a day spooking everything off the water hole. Animals would return and then they spooked off. Never ate one. Yardbirds seem more practical for meat & eggs.

    Had a lone one show up at the old house inside the loop in Houston.
     

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    I went to the Angelina Farmer's Market last Saturday to look for guineas. There were chickens of all types, geese, ducks, and peafowl. No guineas, and those who were familiar with them told me enough to know I was moving on the wrong direction.
    The older lady with the peacocks was most helpful. She offered to sell one for $30, two for $50 or five for $100. I passed.
    We went to grab some lunch and I decided to go back by the market to ask her a couple more questions. When we got there, she has sold all but six of the peafowl. We chatted a while and I thanked her and started to leave.
    She then offered me the last six peafowl for $100.
    The 6x12 dog kennel has been reinforced with poultry netting and I've added a large dog crate (inside the kennel) to offer them more protection at night.
    I'm feeding them Gamebirds Starter and poultry scratch.
    Any further suggestions for my fledgling flock?
     

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    Trick is to let out all the guineas but one to patrol the property. If you keep one penned up, it will start calling at the end of the day and the rest will come back to the pen. Otherwise your guineas become everyone else’s guineas for a two mile radius.

    They are great for snake control plus their eggs and the meat of young ones make for good eating
     

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    I went to the Angelina Farmer's Market last Saturday to look for guineas. There were chickens of all types, geese, ducks, and peafowl. No guineas, and those who were familiar with them told me enough to know I was moving on the wrong direction.
    The older lady with the peacocks was most helpful. She offered to sell one for $30, two for $50 or five for $100. I passed.
    We went to grab some lunch and I decided to go back by the market to ask her a couple more questions. When we got there, she has sold all but six of the peafowl. We chatted a while and I thanked her and started to leave.
    She then offered me the last six peafowl for $100.
    The 6x12 dog kennel has been reinforced with poultry netting and I've added a large dog crate (inside the kennel) to offer them more protection at night.
    I'm feeding them Gamebirds Starter and poultry scratch.
    Any further suggestions for my fledgling flock?
    A few years ago my wife bought two peacock chicks for a lot more money per bird than you did. So, good job on that. We probably fed them the same brand of gamebird starter you're using, and they grew fairly quickly. The mistake we made is not having a completely enclosed run for them. When ours got bigger (not yet adult) they took to roosting in trees overnight. After not too long they became an expensive dinner for raccoons. I don't know how much space they need, but if you could build a fenced in area that's also covered with net, that would slow down the predators a bit. Also, I think if you put the top net like a circus tent with peaks in the middle, that would let you put higher roosts for them. Good luck your flock. Your post is making me think about giving them another try.
     
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