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How Long Do Guinea Fowl Live For?

| October 8, 2011

I have been asked how long do guinea fowl live for? The lifespan of a Guinea fowl is approximately 10 to 15 years although they can live beyond this. I currently have guinea fowl on the farm that are 7 years old. If you fancy having a go at incubating, hatching and raising guinea fowl [...]

Training Guinea Fowl To Roost In A Hut At Night

| October 6, 2011

I free range my guinea fowl during the day and then put them in a hut to roost at night although guinea fowl will naturally roost in trees if you don’t train them to go in a hut. I like mine to go in a hut at night so that they are protected from predators [...]

Ways To Hatch Guinea Fowl Eggs

| March 13, 2011

There are 3 ways to hatch guinea fowl eggs: 1) In an incubator. 2) Under a guinea fowl hen. 3) With a broody bantam hen. I was reminded of this the other day when I had an email from anne saying that she was going to try all three methods. Here are some things to [...]

Do Keets Hatched By Guinea Hen Need Warmth From A Brooder?

| March 12, 2011

I have been asked by a Incubating & Hatching Guinea Fowl Keets eBook customer if keets hatched by a guinea fowl will still need to go into a brooder for warmth. Yes, I have 3 guinea fowl. 1 girl and 2 boys. I’ve had them since they were 12 weeks and though fairly skittish, they’re [...]

Age Of Maturity Of Male Birds

| January 18, 2011

The age of maturity of male birds will differ between species of birds. The maturity refers to the age at which the males reach sexual maturity and will start breeding with their female partners. Quail = about 60 days old. Hen = about 6-8 months old. Partridges = male grey partridges mature from about 10-12 [...]

Age Of Maturity Of Female Birds

| January 13, 2011

The age of maturity of female birds will differ between species of birds. The maturity refers to the age at which the females reach sexual maturity and will start laying eggs and breeding with their male partners. Quail = about 50 days old (I have observed that female Japanese quail will start to lay eggs [...]

Male To Female Ratio For Keeping Different Varieties Of Poultry

| January 11, 2011

Here is a rough guide to the male to female ratio for keeping different varieties of poultry together. Quail = 1 male to every 3-4 females. Hen = 1 males to every 6-10 females. (The Domestic Fowl Trust normally recommend 1 male to 6 females for breeding chickens.) Partridges = 1 male to 1 female. [...]

Will Guinea Fowl Hens Lay Eggs In A Nest Box Or Chicken Coop?

| January 9, 2011

I have been asked if guinea fowl hens lay eggs in a nest box or chicken coop. From my experience the answer is generally no. I have been keeping and raising guinea fowl for the last 6-7 years and have found that they mainly lay their eggs from midday and early afternoon so they have [...]

Unusual Guinea Fowl Behaviour

| September 1, 2010

I often receive emails asking about the behaviour of guinea fowl. “Hi! I have just bought 4 several week old guinea fowl- I noticed one looking poorly and it was dead by morning- today I noticed that 2 are jumping from the roost onto the back of the 3rd- it is now looking quite lame [...]

Guinea Fowl Pairings

| April 8, 2010

I have read that guinea fowl will pair up for life and they are generally monogomous although a male can be grouped with more females although he will still have his favourite and the one that he will stand guard over and protect more than the others. As well as reading about this I have [...]