MeliaMary’s Guinea Fowl Keets Venture Out

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.

Guinea Fowl Keets Venture Out

Guinea Fowl Keets Venture Out

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.

Converted Porch For Guinea Fowl Keets

Converted Porch For Guinea Fowl Keets

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.

Guinea Fowl Keets Move Out

Guinea Fowl Keets Move Out

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.

" Dare we go out?" chirped the guinea fowl keets.

" Dare we go out?" chirped the guinea fowl keets.

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).

Guinea Fowl Keets Going To Eat Chopped Apple And Lettuce

Guinea Fowl Keets Going To Eat Chopped Apple And Lettuce

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.

Covering Drainage Grill

Covering Drainage Grill

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.

Guinea Fowl Keets Venture Out, Well Almost!

Guinea Fowl Keets Venture Out, Well Almost!

MeliaMary sent me some photos to go with the update. I hope that you have enjoyed catching up with MeliaMary’s guinea fowl keets.