Guinea Fowl Pairings

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 actually observed this behaviour when I was given a trio of guinea fowl nearly 6 years ago.

I was given one male and two females  who I named Charlie, Camilla and Diana.

Charlie and Camilla are lavender guinea fowl and Diana is a beautiful pearl guinea fowl.

When it is egg laying time, Charlie will always stand guard over Camilla and he watches out for Diana but centres most of his attention on protecting Camilla.

Also interestingly enough we rarely get pearl coloured keets so I think that most of the breeding he does is with the lavender guinea fowl called Camilla.

Charlie, Camilla and Diana the guinea fowl have been on this farm for nearly 6 years and I got them as young adults so they are at least 6/7 years old.

I will find a good picture of Charlie, Camilla and Diana to show you and will post it later.

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Guinea Fowl Flock 2008

 I thought that I would give an update on my guinea fowl.

I still have my original three guinea fowl – Charlie, Camilla and Diana who were given to me four years ago. In the picture you can see the original trio with Harriet and Wilhemina. Since then I have been breeding and raising guinea fowl and I now have a total of 30 guinea fowl. Four of the flock were only born this Summer (2008) and are only about 13 weeks old. The majority of the flock are 1 or two years old with the original trio being about 4 years old.

Most of the guinea fowl flock are lavender guinea fowl but I have one pearl grey guinea fowl and two white guinea fowl.

Name The White Guinea Fowl

 have decided to keep my white guinea fowl, a decision I made before I knew the gender of the bird but luckily for me the white guinea fowl is female.

I would like to give her a name as she will become part of the farmingfriends family of named animals, so if you have any good suggestions then please let me know so that I can set up a poll and get your votes.

Suggestions already made are;

  1. Snowy by TopVeg.
  2. Cotton by Michelle.
  3. Coco by Michelle.
  4. Nilla by Michelle.
  5. Crisco by Michelle.
  6. Miss White by Diane.

The white guinea fowl is a female and she is 6 months old. She stays in a gang of 6 guinea fowl which all hatched out together. She is a very vocal guinea fowl and is always calling out.

Fiona and Danny @ The Cottage Smallholder hatched some of my guinea fowl eggs under their lovely broody hen, Mrs Boss, producing 4 lavendar and one white guinea fowl. They named their white guinea fowl Lightning, however tragically Lightning’s life was only very short. I did wonder whether I could call my white guinea fowl Lightning the 2nd, in memory of Lightning. Fiona and Danny, let me know what you think as I don’t want to upset you. Actually I have just re-read Fiona’s post about the tragic news of the loss of Lightning and after wiping away the tears I once again shed for Lightning I wondered whether Angel or Hope might be good names for my white guinea fowl. Let me know what you think.

I will endeavour to take a more up to date photo of my white guinea fowl so that you can cast your eyes over her beautiful white feathers for inspiration.

Guinea Fowl Keets Hatching

This is my second guinea fowl hatch of the year. The 19 eggs have been in the incubator 28 days today (Sunday).

Yesterday afternoon 3 of the eggs started to pip and by 9am this morning 1 guinea fowl keet had hatched and 2 more were close to hatching.

At 10 am another guinea fowl keet had hatched and 1 was close to hatching, along with 3 more pipped eggs.

By 2pm this afternoon another guinea fowl keet had hatched out with 4 eggs all pipped and cracking well.

Things have slowed down in the incubator and by 7.30pm only 1 more keet has hatched out. Three eggs are pipped and the keets are trying very hard to break through their shells. It is so hard not to open the incubator and help the hatching keets but all the books say that this should not be done.

At the close of Sunday I have 4 newly hatched out guinea fowl keets and 3 pipped eggs. After the tragic news about my guinea hen Harriet falling victim to the vicious vixen, it is nice to end the day with some positive animal news. I’ll provide an update tomorrow to let you know if any more keets have managed to hatch – fingers crossed.

Guinea Fowl Chick Count

The guinea fowl chick count had reached 11 this morning by 6am. When I went down to press my nose against the incubator window for the umpteenth time, I could count 9 live wriggling cheepers in the incubator. I’d already taken the first chick out so that made 10. 3 eggs also had chicks hatching out. One definately looked like it had potential but the other two had been there since I’d left at about 1:30am this morning and were no further on.

I decided to get the 9 live wriggly ones out of the incubator. Which I have to tell you, took some doing as they certainly were live and wriggly! Then I decided to help the potential chick along a little and as we speak it is in the incubator wriggling! I took the other two eggs out to inspect the chicks and although I did try to peel back some more of the shell, it was to no avail. Both these chicks had died in their shell sometime in the early hours between 1:30 and 6am.

It’s at moments like this that you wish you didn’t follow the written advice. I wished I’d taken the other chicks out at 1:30am this morning and then I could have helped those chicks along too, but all the books tell you to not open the incubator and to leave the eggs alone until they have hatched naturally.

Seeing the two dead chicks still in their shells, fills me with regret and remorse, so for a few sad moments I ponder the cruelty of nature before I turn my hand to mothering my new guinea fowl keets.

With this in mind I’d better stop writing now and check back on the chicks. No time to spare just yet to post my photographs and video footage. You’ll just have to stay tuned a little bit longer for that – so watch this space!

2 Comments »
1. Morning Farming Friends
How sad for you that the two chicks died, nature is very cruel although it is very exciting that you have 11 little chicks to help along. I am really looking forward to seeing the pictures and video footage of the chicks. Good Luck with the little wrigglers!
Georgina
Comment by Georgina — May 11, 2007 @ 5:53 am

2. Hi Georgina,
Yes it was sad. The 11 wrigglers seem to be doing fine just now though. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for your comments.
Sara @ Farming Friends
Comment by Sara @ Farming Friends — May 11, 2007 @ 6:07 am