A Growing Flock

A kind neighbour gave me 3 guinea fowl, a male and 2 females nearly 3 years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since! I named the trio; Charlie, Camilla and Diana. (You can see their pictures on The Guinea Fowl Gallery page.)

In the Spring of that first year I collected lots of eggs. My family and I ate some of the eggs over the laying season and I incubated some of the eggs too. I tried incubating the eggs on three occasions and managed to successfully hatch a total of 30 keets (chicks). With illness, stray dogs, a freezer to fill and limited housing I only increased my permanent flock by 2 new birds. The male and female joined the royal trio and were aptly named William and Harriet.

In Spring 2006, feeling more experienced, I again returned to the incubator on two occasions and managed to successfully hatch out 20 keets (chicks). Illness and mysterious creatures in the night have reduced this number to 14 but I decided to invest in some larger housing so that I could extend the permanent flock to 19. As yet I haven’t got round to naming the 14 poults (young adults). Watch out for more news on this blog about the gang and keep looking on The Guinea Fowl Gallery page for more pictures of the guinea flock.       

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Guinea Fowl Gender Identification

It is very difficult to identify the male and female guinea fowl birds. This picture shows the male on the left and the female on the right. From this picture you can see that the male has a larger helmet and wattles than the female.

Male And Female Guinea Fowl

Male And Female Guinea Fowl

Female Guinea Fowl .V. Male Guinea Fowl

Females hang lower to the ground .V. Males have more upright posture.

Females have smaller wattles .V. Males have longer, larger cupped wattles.

Females make 1 and 2 syllable calls .V. Males only make 1 syllable call.

Females have smaller helmets .V. Males have larger helmets.

Go to Video gallery to watch a video clip of a female guinea fowl and hear her call.

The Nutritional Value Of Guinea Fowl Meat

In recent years there has been a greater demand for guinea fowl meat. So why are more people eating this meat?

  • Guinea fowl meat is lean and rich in essential fatty acids.
  • The meat is low in calories with only turkey meat having fewer calories.
  • Guinea fowl meat has approximately 134 kilocalories (kcal) per 100 grams and turkey meat has approximately 109 kcal.
  • The meat is rich in vitamins such as vitamins E, B1 and B2 and minerals such as magnesium, calcium and iron.
  • Guinea fowl meat, particularly on young guineas, is tender and very flavoursome.
  • The taste is similar to wild game but more delicate and not as strong.
  • Guinea fowl meat is very versatile and can be cooked in a variety of ways – grilled, panfried, wrapped in parcels or roasted.

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Calling All Guinea Fowl Enthusiasts!

Are you interested in raising guinea fowl? OR Do you already have guinea fowl? If so this is the blog for you! I wanted to set up this blog so that more of the world can learn about these amazing birds and guinea fowl enthusiasts around the globe can share  guinea fowl information. My name is Sara and I live in the North of England. For the last 5/6 years I have been keeping and raising guinea fowl.

Flock Of Guinea Fowl

Flock Of Guinea Fowl

My flock currently consists of 23 birds, 20 of which I have reared myself. I am not an expert on guinea fowl, just a very keen enthusiast who wants to share what I have learnt and observed over the last few years.

If you keep guinea fowl and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your guinea fowl then why not join the free farmingfriends guinea fowl forum.

Front Cover Of Incubating, Hatching & Raising Guinea Fowl Keets An eBook

If you fancy having a go at incubating, hatching and raising guinea fowl keets then check out my Incubating, Hatching & Raising guinea Fowl Keets eBook and if you are in the UK then I also have guinea fowl eggs for hatching for sale (UK Spring and Summer months).

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Farmyard Sounds – The Answers

Here are the answers to the farmingfriends farmyard sounds.

  1. Farmyard Sound 1 = female guinea fowl call.
  2. Farmyard Sound 2 = pigs grunting and squealing.
  3. Farmyard Sound 3 = pigs eating.
  4. Farmyard Sound 4 = sugarbeet loading into trailer.
  5. Farmyard Sound 5 = harvesting sugarbeet.
  6. Farmyard Sound 6 = tractor ploughing field.
  7. Farmyard Sound 7 = silage feeder.
  8. Farmyard Sound 8 = male and female guinea fowl call.

Go back to the farmyard sounds.

So how did you do? Let me know how many farmingfriends farmyard sounds you identified.

Answers to Mystery Animals Puzzle

Here are the answers to the Mystery Animals Puzzle. Go back to puzzle.

Mystery Animal 1 = Sheep.

Mystery Animal 2 = Cat.

Mystery Animal 3 = Guinea Fowl.

Mystery Animal 4 = Guinea Pig.

Mystery Animal 5 = Cow.

Mystery Animal 6 = Pony.

Mystery Animal 7 = Horse.

Mystery Animal 8  = Butterfly.

Mystery Animal 9 = Partridge.

Mystery Animal 10 = Pig.

Mystery Animal 11 = Duck.

Mystery Animal 12 = Goat.

Mystery Animal 13 = Rabbit.

Mystery Animal 14 = Peacock.

Mystery Animal 15 = Goose.

Mystery Animal 16 = Deer.

Mystery Animal 17 = Hen.

Mystery Animal 18 = Owl.

Mystery Animal 19 = Calf.

Mystery Animal 20 = Lamb.

Go To The Mystery Animals Puzzle.

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Gulliver Geese – A Website Review

Gulliver Geese are specialist goose breeders based in Norfolk. They have over 20 years experience of breeding geese and hatching goslings. It is interesting to hear how Gulliver Geese first got started with geese, I’ll just say it started with film stars!

Gulliver Geese produce;

  • Day old goslings that are available from April to August in large or small quantities. Delivery is also available.
  • Geese for sale at the end of the goose laying season. The geese for sale are usually a few weeks old but no longer need heat from a brooder lamp.
  • Fertile goose eggs that can be purchased between April and August. The eggs can be collected by arrangement or delivered as required.
  • Blown goose eggs for decoration. Blown goose eggs are available by mail order or collection.The website also provides excellent information about;
  • Caring for goslings.
  • Keeping geese.Gulliver Geese would certainly be my first choice for purchasing goose eggs, goslings and geese with their years of experience as testimony to their success. They also have an excellent website for information about starting out with geese so checkout their website for all your goose needs today.
  • Useful books for a new goose owner are Starting With Geese by Katie Thear and Ducks & Geese At Home by Michael Roberts.

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    Pork & Apple Sausages From The Blue Pig Company

    Preparation

    • Cooked in roasting tin for 30 minutes in a hot aga with a little water in the bottom of the tin.
    • Served with mashed potatoes, peas and onion gravy.

    Verdict

    • No fat came out when cooked.
    • The hint of apple flavour made the sausages tasty.
    • Addition of apple to sausages provided a sweet flavour.
    • Colour of the cooked meat was not pink when cut into but a light brown colour.
    • The sausages browned well on the outside and in places had a crunchy, crispy texture which complimented the moist and juicy texture of the inside of the sausages.
    • Juicy sausages.
    • Moist and meaty.
    • Texture was not too fine and not too coarse.
    • No gristle or bone in the sausages.
    • No shrinkage in size when cooked.

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    Incubating Egyptian Goose Eggs

    Incubation Period

    The incubation period for Egyptian Goose eggs is 35 days.

    Incubation Temperature

    The temperature in the incubator for Egyptian Goose eggs is 99.5 degrees fahrenheit.

    Humidity Levels

    The humidity level (wet bulb thermometer) for Egyptian Goose eggs is 86-88 degrees fahrenheit.

    Final Day Of Egg Rotation

    The final day of egg rotation for Egyptian Goose eggs is day 32.

    Please note that all of this information is only a guide and that this information may differ according to the incubator manufacturer’s guide.

    Always consult the manufacturer’s guide when using an incubator and automatic egg turner.

    Useful books for a new goose owner are Starting With Geese by Katie Thear and Ducks & Geese At Home by Michael Roberts.

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