MeliaMary is a regular reader and farmingfriends forum member from Australia who has recently got some guinea fowl. Here is Melia Mary’s update from last week.
I have now had my keets for 18 days. They have grown beyond my expectations and have outgrown the lovely little hutch I made for them. Today we spent four hours creating a new enclosure for them and they have just moved in.
There is room for them to fly and it is outdoors (but covered). I am keeping their original hutch in the enclosure with the light on so that they have somewhere to go to keep warm should they need to.
They were so amusing when I moved them out – I just left the door of the hutch open and left them to decide for themselves whether to come out or not. It took them about 20 minutes … they peeped out and then retreated again and again. So sweet.
Now they are in and out quite confidently. They have a big feed hopper and water dispenser and I have given them chopped lettuce and apple on the ground (they LOVE that and I have been giving it to them three times a day).
The base of the new enclosure is concrete but there is a drainage channel running across it which I have covered with door mats because it has a grille which I think their little feet could get trapped in. It will be easy to sweep and hose down the floor when required.
I will continue with the towels as bedding in the hutch and intend to shut them up at night. I am also intending to chop grass for them now – I would rather they were in a grass based enclosure but that is not possible at the moment.
They are a joy.
MeliaMary sent me some photos to go with the update. I hope that you have enjoyed catching up with MeliaMary’s guinea fowl keets.