A few weeks ago now we went to farm swap and got four guinea fowl which are really fun birds to have. Unfortunately one died after getting wet one night, they are very susceptible to illness when they get wet. If you wanted some pretty care free birds and were not going to eat them, though they can be eaten or not concerned about getting eggs than these are great birds to get. They come from Africa so they they are used to the heat being in Florida this is obviously important. Guineas are monogamous most of they time, so I guess a good idea would be to make sure you get an equal amount of males and females.
They will chase snakes and other critters. What do guinea fowl eat? They are said to be bug eating machines, which that and seeds make up most of their diets. They even make good tick control, many birds won’t eat ticks but guinea fowl will. They tend to be pretty vocal. The sounds they make resemble a wild bird rather than a typical farm yard bird. If you have chicken or ducks, this will come in handy. Being very alert they will probably see danger before the others. They can survive almost entirely on free range, that keeps the costs of raising guinea fowl. They come in a wide variety of colors. I find them very beautiful and exotic looking. They fly really well so having a tall fence is almost a must if they are confined in a smaller area. You need to keep them penned up to six weeks so they know where home is. I made a 4x2x2 box to hold them so they get used to where they should be.
I plan on raising them and incubating the eggs till i have about 24 or so. So i have a while to go. As with any new adventure you learn as you go. Most places I have read say they will roost in trees at night. My brown leghorns and Egyptian Fayoumis sometimes do the same. But again, then you have to worry about predators. From what I have read they will create a nest on the ground, but I don’t think I will let them do that. Eventually I will build them a hen house for them as well. Another great thing about them that may come in handy at some point is that they work great in gardens. They eat the bugs but don’t eat the crops. Someone saw it as important enough to write a book about it “Gardening with Guineas”. Stay tuned as with my other animals I will post updates on how we actually do raising them. Oh one more thing for those who have never really heard of or seen one, I have a good shot of one at the top of this post.