Guineafowl Keets and Chicks Together

Discussion in 'Gamebirds' started by Keith, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. Keith

    Keith New Member

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    We have keets and pullets together and it's so amusing to watch. The keets are a gang and always stay together, every so often at random the whole flock will go out, peck around the chicks and go back to their hiding spot as fast as they came out. Chicks will go over and peck at them but they never break rank, always together.

    So far haven't noticed any fighting really, pretty content together.
     
  2. cathiesue

    cathiesue New Member

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    I been think about adding a couple of keets to the mix. Do they stay in with the chickens or do they have their own shelter. i know they range around quite far but come home if you've trained them when they were little where to go.
     

  3. Keith

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    So far they are in the "brooder" together. So right now the chicks roam around freely and mix with the keets, the keets pretty much stay together in the dark corner.
     
  4. CMCLB

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    We have a coop of 14 chickens & a coop inside that of 7 Guineas. They're all about 5 months old. The Guineas are much more skittish than we were told to expect. They keep to themselves, but don't mind the chickens. The chickens ignore them unless they get too close or are in the larger coop. The ducks don't mind anyone! The chickens roost with them during the day & the Guineas scratch around the barn with them.
     
  5. CMCLB

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    Oh! Almost forgot! You have to keep them in their permanent structure for at least 6 weeks so they lock on to their home. They will range further then the chickens & ducks, but will come home as long as its safe. They need to need it so keep food & water in there. They like to roost high & prefer trees so branches in the coop are welcome.