Guinea Fowl Social Behaviour

The social behaviour of guinea fowl is very interesting because guinea fowl are very social creatures. 

Tristan asked, “Do the guinea fowl get lonely if there’s only one?”

1) Guinea fowl like to flock together and hang about in a group.

2) They do not like to be alone and generally start calling out to the others if they get separated.

3) These birds also like to eat together.

Let me know what social behaviour traits your guinea fowl display.

7 thoughts on “Guinea Fowl Social Behaviour”

  1. Dear Sara,
    First of all, Thanks for your time!
    Now,my question:
    I started with 6 Guinea Fowl; raised from keets in my kitchen. We’ve got a small farm in the country
    Over the 5 years, all have been killed off except 1 male whose mate was killed via auto about 2 weeks ago. All were well trained as is “Mosby”, The sole Survivor. He gets along fine with the outdoor cats, follows me around and hangs around the back porch door when not snacking nearby.
    I spend as much time with him as possible but my medical limitations prevent LOTS of attention and adding more Guineas.
    Do you have ANY suggestions for Mosby’s (and my) comfort. He’s got a secure house in a pen but far prefers “Free Range” life, near the house (Quality of life over Quantity of life)
    Many, Many, Thanks,


  2. Hi Sara,
    We have 3 guinea hens who have been together since birth. They hang out with our 2 chickens and all seem to be friends.

    Lately, 2 guniea hens are fighting. They attack each other’s faces and necks. The other guniea tries to break them up. Do you have any idea why the sudden change in behavior?Tthey also seem to be molting. Is there a correlation between the two?
    Thanks for any info.

  3. Hi Jim,
    Guinea fowl don’t tend to scratch like hens do. They do like to dust bath so if you can provide them with some where for this that would be good. The only time guinea fowl tend to dig is when they are making a nest site and they tend to scrath into the ground to make a hollow shape. they usually do this under hedgerows or under a nettle patch and not in the middle of a flower bed. The guinea fowl don’t disturb my flower beds.
    Guinea fowl do like to roam and like to eat grass as well as insects and ticks.
    Guinea fowl are noisy but have quirky characters and I am sure that the public would be interested to see the guinea fowl roaming about.
    Hope this helps.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  4. I run a large public garden that is app. 12 acres and I am considering Guinea Fowl to control ticks and insects. I have many flower beds that are mulched . Will the fowl dig and disturb the mulch?

  5. We too bought a house with resident Guinea Fowl. Five to start, one left after the coyotes and bobcats found them. We recently added another, I believe this one is a male and the two get along fine staying together all day. My problem is they have both taken to hanging around the front and back door. They have 170 acres to roam and do some, but they spend most of their day in the yard. I don’t mind them in the yard but I HAVE to find a way to get them off the porch and back deck. I don’t want to get rid of them and would actually like more but I can not have them making such a mess around the entrances to the house. Do you think putting pictures of their predators in the windows will work? I would very much appreciate any advice you can give.

    Thank you

  6. Hi Chris,
    Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your comment.
    Guinea fowl will eat corn and layers pellets. they will get most of their food as they free range around your 4 acres. they will eat grass and insects as well as fruit and certain vegetables.
    Guinea fowl do roost in trees which is what they would do in the wild although they can be trained to go into a hut at night. I have trained my guinea fowl to come into a hut at night so they are protected from predators. They are particularly susceptible to foxes at this time of year until Harvest time as the laying season has started and they like to lay their eggs in hedgerows and nettles and the crops in fields and the undergrowth means they cannot see the foxes until it’s too late.
    I am sorry that one of them is being bullied. If you add only one or two birds to your group that are of a similar age if that is possible then the group will probably re-adjust. If you added a large number of birds to the group then it may be the case that the original three stay together and the new group stick together. I have noticed that when I rear new guinea fowl they tend to stick with their own age groups and the groups that they were reared in.
    Do you know what gender your guinea fowl are? This is important especially if the two dominant ones are a male and a female. They may be bullying the other because it is a male and the male wants to scare the other away, this is because guinea fowl tend to pair up and although they look like they hang around in groups which they do, when it comes to mating the guinea fowl tend to pair off for life. So it could be that the bullied one is a male and is threatening the dominant male. Here is a link to information about gender identification in guinea fowl.
    Just to let you know that I recently set up a free forum with a section on guinea fowl.
    Hope this helps.
    Kind regards
    Sara @ farmingfriends

  7. We inherited 6 guinea fowl a 9 months ago when we bought a house with 4 acres in Wales. As townies we were unsure what and how much to feed them and whether to keep then inside at night. They roost in a tree and seem quite happy being fed twice a day with corn.
    We have recently lost three fowl to foxes and now the remaining three seem to be quite agitated at times. One of them seems seems to be bullied by the other two and we are worr ied that it may be driven away by the the two dominant birds.
    Can anyone advise us whether we shoudl introduce more birds in an attempt to restore the equilibrium or give some advice on how guinea fowl social behaviour and waht to do next ? Thanks

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