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#80398 - 03/23/09 09:52 AM Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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I'm getting Guinea fowl for the first time this June and have read a lot of literature on them. I am mainly getting them for their NOISE and helping to warn if a predator is coming.
But I am wondering if anyone has had experience with them keeping down insects INSIDE the barn, including wasps, flies, even mice or voles.
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#80399 - 03/23/09 05:22 PM Re: Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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Yes guineas will keep rid of all insects they can get to. As far as inside the barn unless they are made to stay there. Enjoy your new fowl. Rusman

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#80400 - 03/30/09 01:51 PM Re: Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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Can someone tell me the temps for peafowl eggs in the incubator. Had it written down, but....things happen!

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#80401 - 03/30/09 07:53 PM Re: Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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Same as chicken eggs 99-100 F .Only difference is 28 days instead of 21. Happy hatching. Rusman

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#80402 - 04/03/09 08:40 PM Re: Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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Thanks Rusman, I knew it was close with chickens. Haven't decided yet if I'll incubate. Maybe my two peahens will be kind enough to do it for me this year!

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#80403 - 05/02/09 05:19 PM Re: Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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more than likely your guinea hens will not sit, but if you can get a good broody hen and they will love to hatch them for you, hee hee!!

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#80404 - 05/04/09 07:36 AM Re: Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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Quote:
Originally posted by GuineaGuy60:
more than likely your guinea hens will not sit, but if you can get a good broody hen and they will love to hatch them for you, hee hee!!

RP345
Actually guinea hens sit quite readily, sometimes 2 or 3 to a nest. They will even hatch the chicks but have a hard time brooding them. They just can't seem to pull it off. They get the rap of being bad mothers but I don't think that is it as much as our climate is too humid and they have a hard time with the dew on the ground.
Even a good mother chicken hen can have a hard time raising them.

Guineas do a real good job of keeping insects down, especially grasshoppers, but they are not miracle workers. I keep a steady flock of about 40 at all times and would not be with out them, even with the noise and antics. I did have around 100 a few years ago but that was too much.

Bob

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#80405 - 06/10/09 09:51 AM Re: Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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Thanks, everyone. Really good information. I am really, really excited about my arrivals coming this month. Next spring will be very interesting. I will surely have enough setting hens to help with the guinea eggs. Plus the incubator.
This is when you don't mind the extra taxes because of having enough land to accomodate the noice and antics.
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#80406 - 06/11/09 02:34 PM Re: Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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Are you getting grown guineas or keets? just womdering. Rusman

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#80407 - 06/15/09 04:52 PM Re: Guineas & Barn Maintenance
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Rusman, I am getting keets.
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