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Tame guinea fowl?
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Author:  chookster [ Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:42 am ]
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is it possible to raise tame guineas? has anyone got friendly guineas? Or are they just always going to be wild and crazy? I want to show them some day and be able to handle them easily.
Can they be imprinted at hatch?


Author:  car2522 [ Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:55 am ]
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'Gardening with Guineas' book says they can be tamed. And if people are showing them (as per a recent chook-or-green farming type magazine I recently read - I think it was a Chook Magazine) they must be able to be tamed. One keet I recently hatched was quite tame at a week and when I took him down to the chook pen to have a run around, he sat on my lap.

Author:  muddilyn [ Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:13 am ]
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I have heard that in some parts of the world they are tamed and almost like a parrot sitting on their owner's shoulders etc. But the secret is lots of handling while babies . I can't remember the name but I once "googled " raising guineas and it came up with a great site that even had cute little animations running across the screen and lots of great info on everything you need to know about guineas .From memory it was from the USA but the info was still applicable
Cheers -- I love the things for all their weird and wonderful ways

Author:  Martin Holmes [ Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:34 pm ]
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Sarah, All failing , "Valium " works well !!!

Author:  chookster [ Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:14 pm ]
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Cool! how cute! how do they deal with the poop though? lol.

Author:  garbage2 [ Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:27 pm ]
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I have a half friendly guinea-raised with chooks-will walk around legs for feed etc :)


Author:  guineamum [ Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:32 pm ]
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Sarah they are much harder to tame than chicks but with a LOT of time spent handling them while they are tiny start at hatch and that is like 10 minutes 10 times a day you can do it. Mark one keet with nail polish on its toe nail and always work on the same one ( unless you have HOURS to spare every day. Mine come running when I call them or they see me when I have been out , they will eat out of my hand sometimes but don't like to be picked up. But I never have spent a lot of time handling them when they are babies. hth

Author:  Chicken07 [ Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:26 pm ]
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An old thread but an interesting question. Our guineas were never hand-tamed and always seemed to light it in the branches of the trees.

This one seems to have made quite a few friends. I wonder if Geraldine is still there.

Geraldine on the move ...

From Geraldine's fb page

from Geraldine's fb page

Author:  grabby [ Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:47 pm ]
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what a great guinea.
can someone who does facebook tell me is she still on facebook or alive.

Author:  infoaddict [ Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:44 pm ]
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Seems to be - there are posts on the FB page from 13 Feb this year :)

Author:  AgnesB [ Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:56 am ]
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I have a single male..all his girl friends flew over the fence and did not have sense enough to come home. There is lots of loose dogs and wildlife in this part of New Mexico. This boy was real tame until about 2 or 3 weeks ago...guess his hormones kicked in..He started attacking me every time I went outdoors.He will even come in the house. Tried clipping his wings...not easy! to keep him in the chicken yard. Did not work..then on the last clipping I thought I saw a sore on one foot so I have him in a cage so I can soak his feet...He actually let me do it but the noise is overwhelming so he may have to have to fix his foot himself..hope it is a bruise and not bumblefoot. I have to have him is the same room as some baby chickens and they are scared silly. My dogs think it is time to get even with his bad boy behavior. He was soooo cool till the hormone thing. Will he get over the raging when breeding season is over. This is the first guinea I have managed to keep to adulthood so it is a learning experience. The others were totally wild even though raised in the house. I did notice that the white and lavander ones stayed tame longer?? Thanks for reading.

Author:  PossumCorner [ Wed May 02, 2018 8:13 pm ]
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I think there are tame-able lines, and totally inept lines. Some lavenders I hand raised from day-old, did all the copybook daily pick-up etc etc and they remained hopeless afraid, I eventually sold the flock. Others (pearl, but I don't think temperament is a colour thing) also brooder raised but with no attention beyond basic needs turned out confident and friendly. I have one male left, he is such an arrogant aggressive nasty specimen I could never have sold him on, you don't do that to people. He attacked every other guinea, male or female, terrorises the dog and chooks and ducks: met his match with a Muscovy drake and was bowled over so keeps clear. He is people friendly as long as you don't put your hand in front of him absent mindedly. Ouch. About 5 years old, seems happy without other guineas around.

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