12 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Got My First Guinea Fowl

Is that a turkey?

Well, no. It’s a guinea fowl.

That is what many people ask when they first pull into a homestead to see these birds shuffling around.

We took the plunge into guinea fowl about a year ago, and boy was it an eye opening experience.

Don’t get me wrong, I have grown to love our guineas very much, but it has taken some serious getting used to.

This is why I wanted to share with you a list of things I wish someone had told me before bringing them home.

1. A Guinea Is Not A Chicken

You might be thinking, “Well, duh!”

But I mean they are not even remotely the same.

Chickens are very domesticated birds. You can coop them, free range them, or do half and half.

Chickens are fine with both.

Guineas are not the same. Unless you clip their wings extremely short, they are going to get out of the coop. That is actually a good thing if you have them for any reason beyond meat and eggs.

Guineas are also very dominant.

So don’t be surprised if they end up running your coop. Our guineas have completely taken over.

Our chickens were adjusted eventually, but you know the guineas have entered the coop when you look out and even the rooster is in the nesting boxes trying to get out of their way.

Don’t let this deter you from keeping your chickens and guineas together. Guinea fowl become tamer when allowed to interact with chickens.

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