Our happy Guineas lay healthy eggs!
We had already decided to order and hatch some eggs when a handsome young man showed up in our flock from parts unknown several years ago. Meanwhile, I was hatching from other breeders, too. I bred individual colors for a few years but am turning most loose on the farm now.
Guineas are terrific because they eat ticks, fleas, chiggers and fire ants.
These lavenders are only 3 1/2 months old. They are one of my favorite colors and I love the buff dundotte in the back, too.
I was fortunate to hatch a slate in the summer of 2011!
Most Guineas do not raise their young well when free ranging. Guinea girl has been able to hang on to these two so far. Guinea Boy is an absolute charm to them and is very protective. They make the cutest family!
I start keets out in a plastic tub in the brooder room but they like to fly and be very active so I try to get them out to the coop brooder when they are 2-3 weeks old. They are on a wire floor but have plenty of room to grow for 3 more weeks until I need to move them out to another pen. I also raise them with chicks so you will see some in these photos.
This was the first one. He must have known we were trying to get started and decided to help us out a bit. He is a clown and a guard bird and an excellent bug control freak. The LGD has not had a tick on her since Guinea Boy came to live here. Our fire ant problem is almost nonexistent now.
Pearl keet below and grown Pearl in photo to the left.
I had a hard time telling what was what when they hatched. It took some real research to find out what keets are supposed to be when grown. I found a great help from the BackYard Chickens website under Guinea Fowl. There are great people on there to help out.
I still have much to learn and remember about Guineas and keets but I did learn that the wide patterns on the head were Pearls and the thin lined patterns were Royal Purples.
Guineas do best when raised on a higher protein diet. I like to use gamebird starter. It is about 28% protein and they stay on that until they are about 6 months old.
Keets are more flighty than chicks or ducklings but they are totally adorable when young and do not start getting the skinned head look until around 7-8 weeks.
I also found that mine would hatch at 25-26 days in my incubator. But the hen sitting on them hatched around that time frame during the summer, too.
Hawks find keets to be especially easy to nab if they can't stay with the parents.
Below is a Pearl and a Coral Blue.
Guineas don't like to be crowded by humans. They get very upset and will raise their neck feathers.
Guineas are excellent at flying. Without a covered pen they will roam free and love to sleep as high up as they can manage. Mine are often on the roof of the barn, watching for predators or a better place to eat.
I thought this light smokey one was a gorgeous addition to my flock! It is a light chocolate and the one beside it is a coral blue.
My beautiful slate when he was still maturing. He still has some red on him but it is giving away to more blue all the time. Mature photos below.
The buff dundotte grew up to be a lovely bird.
I kept all Pearls and a Pearl pied so the dark colors will help them stay safe from predators. They all come into the barn at night and coop up. Such good birds!
When I grow up I want to be a swan!
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Outta da way, chickens! Guineas gotta dust bathe, too.
When a Guinea girl is sitting on eggs, it is best to back off! These birds are very protective of eggs and keets and have the claws and jaws to make you suffer.
It is said that you can tell Guinea gender by wattles. Don't believe it. This is a hen and you can see she has very obvious scooped or cupped wattles. Now look at the wattles on the girl above. Same age.
These Royal Purples on the left have a lot of white on them but they grow up to be dark and not pied, as I had hoped.
Pie Bird coming to see what snacks I will offer him. He sees me in the kitchen and flies up on my bird feeder to peer in at me.
Chocolate male with light chocolate female. It seems a lot of folks have chocolates much darker than mine. I have heard this flock called blonde, buff and dundotte but none of the descriptions on websites describe this flock I own so I stick with chocolate.
My American Pie. This fella has been the inspiration for me to try a breeding pen of pied Guineas in various colors.
Sadly, I lost my American Pie to a nasty old fox summer of 2013. He has many children to pass on his legacy though.
Some of my pied birds in with the Coral Blues.
Contact me for price and availability of hatching eggs. No shipping of keets or mature birds.
Some 2012 youngsters headed for 2013 breeding pens.
Extra Coral Blue boys running the farm. I call them the Blues Brothers. They have a great temperament and are always ready to help me with feeding chores.
I was fortunate to have someone needing to place their Guineas in a new home. They contacted me and I adopted 3 lavender hens, a white hen and a Pied Pearl hen as well as a Pearl male. They have been added to my breeding program with great success!
My Slate Blue male over some beautiful hens! This made a fantastic breeding pen!
Slate above and 2 of his girls on the left.
Below is Slate with a Coral Blue lady.
Pied Pearl with a Coral Blue hen.
My Pied Pearl male with 2 lavender hens and a Porcelain.
I hatched quite a few from this pen and amazingly all were hatched out girls!
White keet out of my pen from Slate Blue and a White hen.
This is a good photo to show a Lavender (on the left) next to a Coral Blue and the Royal Purple is in the background.
You can see the white spots on the Lavender, whereas the Coral Blue has some bars on the feathering and often has a richer blue coloring.
When purchasing Guineas it is very important to keep them penned for about a month at their new home in the coop you want them to return to so they will stay. Otherwise, they will wander off.
So many people contact me for Guineas because they say their last ones ran away. More than likely a hawk or fox got them. Any hen sitting on a nest is fair game to varmints. Sleeping in trees definitely costs them their lives. Mine return to the coops each night to be locked up.
My 2015 breeding pen of light colors.
I enjoyed breeding pure colors but there were too few people that wanted them so to save time and money I decided to breed what I thought would be pretty.
Lavender pied and a Pearl pied.
Lavender pied with Lavenders.
This grew up to be a pied Lavender. It was very exciting!
A Porcelain and a Coral Blue
I no longer have penned Guineas. There are around 70 that free range my property and I let them breed however they wish. I will sell hatching eggs if I can find them.
Please note: I no longer breed specific colors! They all run together due to lack of interest in pure color breeding.