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Guinea fowl are a very hardy breed. They tend to have a more wild nature then chickens. The hens are definatly noisy, making a "Buck-Wheat" sound. They do tend to quiet down when they start to lay. If adopting adults they will quiet down once they know thier suroundings.
They are great watch dogs and will alarm when something is out of place, be it on the ground or in the sky!
As with other poultry they are great bug eaters, only they scratch less often. They will make dust holes if ranging free. In my experiance they will eat flowers and gardens. Although if they have a large enough area to roam they will most likely eat more greens and critters, leaveing your garden alone. But with these birds no rules are in stone!
If you adopt adults you will want to keep them penned for at least 3 weeks up to 6 weeks, if not they will try to find home! Once they know thier new home they will stay around and be loyal, most of them. They like packs, mirrors, and bugs!
They can be trained to roost in a coop at night. It takes work but can be done.
They are amusing and have funny ways, one of the most amusing is the fact that they can fly over something and will forget they can fly back! They are very interesting.
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Here are my guinea fowl. In this picture i had 10, but since sold some off. I have 4 peals 3 hens and one rooster. You can see the variety in colors. They sure are a hoot. I find them so interesting, they can be tamed (to a degree). I can get close and if i sit my older ones will peck at me, in a gentle manner. If i put my feet up they will eventually roost on my legs. But they do panic at any sudden moves!
Here is a full body shot of my Pure Pearl Grey Rooster. In the background you can see a hens head, with traditionally flat wattles. The forground has a shot of the controversial cupped wattles. The controversy is with the upcoming Standard for Guinea fowl.
Roosters have cupped wattles and the bump on their heads is called a "Helmet". Males make a "Chi Chi" noise. The hens can immitate the males, but traditionally make a "Buck-Wheat" "Buck-Wheat" noise. If you watch when their sounding off,you can see the lower jaw move forward & back when she makes this noise!
I also call him and his three hens Pure Pearl Grays, because they come from pure pearl gray parents, and will lay pearl gray keets.
Others were hatched from a mix color of birds and will give mixed offspring!.
Above is a Coral Blue hen. She is from a mixed hatch. (she has been sold, only pictures remain)
What i mean by mixed hatch is that thier parents were any number of colors ranging free. So you don't know if a pearl fathered a purple. If a coral fathered a pied. If a chocolate fathered a lav etc.... I'm not sure of all the colors the previous owner had, i know they free ranged in a pretty large group, with alot of colors.
I will often refer to mixed birds as "rainbow layers", since no one will not know for sure all the colors thier keets will be.
(keets is the proper name for a guinea fowl chick)
Above they are hanging around on thier roosts. They are amusing birds to have around, weather penned or free ranging! I have noticed two things. The adults adopted the other pearls more easily then the different colors, and that the younger ones were much quieter in thier teens. Having adults around to teach them what is not normal has made them less noisy in their teens. Which my neighbors sure appreciate! LOL
Above is a picture of three of the colors.
Left is a Pearl Gray.
Middle is a Coral Blue.
Right is a Royal Purple.
You get the full view of thier differences in this pic!!!
Above is one of the two Royal Purple guineas i had. If you notice the background color is almost black, with much less uniformed pearling.
(The little white dots are called pearls.)
It is said in the sunlight they look purple! It has been a little to cold to sit and watch them like i do in summer, so i missed that before i sold them. These two were hens! They were definatly two rainbow layers.
Above is my Rooster, he is the oldest male and the Alfa. With two of the more mature hens in the background is the teen pearl hen!
The alfa male will protect the flock even from me. I have hd to do some retraining with him. Last breeding season he would sneak attack and peck me and the kids. One day he did a winger of an attack on me. He went in a cage for two weeks and when he came out the other two males slammed him. He was hiding behind me.
I eventually sold off those males (i would not sell an abusive anything) and he became alfa again. I had to dress up and pick him up every time he tried to attack me. He is now leary, but respectful of me, and i him! I can sit in thier pen (they used to free range) adn feed treats out of my hand. But i am still cuatious of him. Other then that he is a great rooster for his hens.
(..I will not sell him as there are risks he would not accept a new human!!!)