Rearing Guinea Fowl Keets

If you are incubating guinea fowl eggs then here is some information about rearing guinea fowl keets once the eggs have hatched.

Guinea fowl keets can stay in the incubator for up to 24 hours as they can survive on the yolk sac that was in the egg with them. You can take them out earlier than 24 hours but make sure that their feathers are dry. They need to be placed in a brooder with a heat lamp giving them heat for the first 6-8 weeks after hatching at a temperature starting at about 95-100 degrees fahrenheit (35-38 degrees celsius) for the first 1-2 weeks and then reducing by 5 degrees fahrenheit each week.
Here is a link

Guinea fowl keets need a constant suppy of water and they quite like warm water. I use a smallish drinker and place marbles around the drinker so that the keets don’t get their head in the water and end up drowning.

I always feed my guinea fowl keets chick crumbs. When they are a few days old I give them shredded lettuce as a treat and they also like yoghurt and hard boiled egg yolks. I make the chick crumbs their staple diet and supplement this withlettuce as well which they just love.

The brooder needs a litter on the floor that will stop the keets from hurting their legs. I use corrugated cardboard which I buy from Ascott Smallholder supplies and then I put straw on top. Although saw dust/shavings can be used I think that when the keets are very small they can often mistake the shavings for food.

It is very important to make sure that the flooring in the brooder gives the keets traction as a slippery floor can lead to splayed legs.

Another thing to watch out for with guinea fowl keets is pasting up which is when the droppings stick to the keets vent and block up the vent and if not spotted early enough can lead to death.

A disease to watch out for in guinea fowl keets is coccidiosis which can kill your keets.

Here is a link that will give you some idea about the development of your guinea fowl


1. I was raised around chickens. Wow what a difference guineas are. I bought 10 from a farm supply and lost 2 right off. Ignorance. We did some research and found they needed a heat lamp. It 90 degrees F. plus temp outside so like I said through ignorance I thought it was warm enough for them. I research as things pop up. I have one little guy of the 8 remaining with splayed leg. They are over 3 weeks old now and research shows I should not be putting them on newspaper which is what they have lived on. So much to know about the little guys. The one with splayed leg is as big as the others and bigger than a couple. He eats well, flies and runs. At this point I probably can’t do anything for him, can I? We are in Arkansas and on rocky hills. We purchased them to take care of the ticks and scorpions we have. Folks around here said they are really good to clear them out. Well thanks for the information provided in your website. It has some in handy, just too late for me. Wish I’d researched before buying.
Comment by sandy — September 29, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

2. Hi Sandy,
Yes guineas are very different but alot of fun to watch. I think you can probably still cure the splayed leg.
You can strap/splint the legs so that they come back into line. This can be done with pipe cleaners, elastic bands or probably best of all an elastaplast bandaid.

I have found a great article that shows you how to splint a chick. Here is the link

I would recommend splinting the guinea as soon as possible to help their legs re-align.

Let me know how you get on and good luck.

I use chopped up straw on the floor to start with so that the guinea fowl don’t think that it is food like they do with sawdust. I often put corrugated cardboard underneath the straw as well.

Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — September 29, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

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  1. H Farming Friends, The safest, most comfortable ,most hygienic, most chick friendly and cheapest litter for a brooder is clean chopped straw. All you need is a small bale of straw and your lawnmower (with it’s collection bag on if possible). Lay straw on a clean,dry floor and just mow it with up .It could not be easier ,by the way store in a dry bag / place. One square bale of straw will give you and the chicks a lotta pleasure. If you do’nt have a mower, get out the scissors ( get help from a adult please), you will chop a lot of straw in 4/5 minutes. For easier and quicker cleaning of brooder etc ,lay a few sheets of newspaper or cardboard on the bare floor followed by about a half inch of your chopped straw, add some more straw to this every few days,making sure that the chicks feet are always clean.Just roll up and replace when as required. Also for the first 3 to 4 days the chicks are in the brooder place a long single strip of cardboard 6 inches high around the inside of the brooder,rounding the corners, it stops them bunching and smothering. Cockadoodledoo

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