Guinea fowl keets are often described as skittish and wild, but with lots of time and patience they can be tamed.
Taming guinea fowl keets requires;
- Lots of time – frequent and daily contact is needed.
- Daily contact with the keets – frequently handling, feeding, playing and talking to the keets throughout the day.
- Frequent handling of the keets – at least 3 times a day.
- Hand feeding the keets – placing chick crumbs or lettuce on your hand and letting the keets eat from the hand.
- Letting the keets associate you with feeding – call the keets when you want to feed them and then let the keets feed from your hand.
- Time to play with the keets – handle the keets gently, let them get used to your hands and being picked up or stroked.
- Voice recognition – keets and guinea fowl will respond to a familiar voice or command such as “Come on.” My guinea fowl free range during the day and are put in a poultry hut at night. When I want to get them in at night I call them by saying, “Come on, come on” and they will head towards the hut, even if I can’t see the younger adults they will appear and head towards me.