Steve one of my ‘farmingfriends’ who lives in Chiang Mai sent me two photos of his guinea fowl he has named Amelia and Orville. He is unsure whether they are a male and a female.
Dear Sara, some updates on my flying friends, Amelia and Orville, from Chiang Mai and also a question. After too much flying about I grounded the pair in their pen and tried very hard to vary their diet to keep them healthy, even going to the lengths of collecting flying grubs or termites (which they loved). After two weeks I let them out and much to my delight they behaved just like your site says they should. While in the cage I had an egg a day and even two on some days so I put some eggs in my home made incubator and some more under the bantams next door. After two weeks in the incubator I candled the eggs and found they were all sterile and threw them out. I don’t know if I want to lift the bantams and check those eggs too but for now I am assuming they are ’empty’. This is an adult pair of guineas from a market and although I am not an expert I can at least tell they are not the same. What I take to be the male has wattle flaps hanging down from his cheeks. What I take to be the female has something more like little speaker cones that face forward. Am I right about this? They share a cage with a turkey cock and two young turkey hens. Would this interfere with their mating? All five birds get on well enough and there is no sign of fighting. Just for your info turkeys and guinea love our local grown bananas (nam wa), eat chinese cabbage with joy and the turkeys eat mango. They all enjoyed termite alates but the guineas got most. I can now leave the guineas outside all day cus they don’t eat all the greens, just take a sample. The turkeys have already eaten a whole bed of young brassica, the leaves from a bean like crop we grow and all the new shoots of the corn. They now stay in unless I can be there to keep them off the garden beds. Still little chance I can leave any of these out all night due to our unknown predator which I think may be a mongoose. Do you reckon my Amelia will finally lay fertile eggs under these conditions? Here’s hoping! I’ll try sending pictures tomorrow so you can see the heads. Thanks, still visit your site once a week, its fun. Steve.
Dear Sara, I am often finding two eggs a day. Both Guineas are out around the field all day but come back to lay eggs either inside the cage on the dirt floor or just outside the door. No attempt to lay eggs in the long grass/weeds. Am I wrong about the sex? Is this two females? Could that explain my infertile eggs. Can you check those pics and tell me what you think. Thanks, Steve.
Here is my response.
Sorry I haven’t got back to you sooner, it’s very busy here on the farm. Thank you so much for your email and photos. I will give a bigger reply in the next few days but just wanted to say that from the photos I have a feeling that both of your guinea fowl are female. The wattles on both of your guineas are quite small which suggests they are female. Amelia’s look abit more cupped from the photo so that could suggest a boy but I would probably say they are both female. Have they called out at all? The female call is a two syllable call which sounds like come back come back and they also make a one syllable call like ach,ach, ach, ach, ach. The male will only make the ach, ach call. Here is a link to a video of a female call.
Here is a picture of my males and females.
The colouring of your guinea fowl are pearl grey.
Your turkeys look cute and young. I assume they are different breeds.
I will write back soon.
Sara @ farmingfriends
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