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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:14 pm 
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hi all -
i am thinking about getting a couple of guinea fowl, mainly to eradicate my harlequin beetle populattion, as i've heard they are the only thing that will eat the little so-and-sos....
does anyone here know if that truly is the case? it would be a shame to get them for a specific purpose and it not happen.
also, is it true that they are noisy at night? i have seven chooks (no roosters at the moment) and i would probably house them at night with the chooks. i've read that if you keep them in the pen for the first few weeks or so, they will happily roost in there with chooks. again, do you know if this is the case?
i am on 1/3acre, long and thin, so not a huge block. is it big enough - will they impact on the neighbours etc??
any thoughts and/or tips would be appreciated.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:47 pm 
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Astrid, Guinea fowl can be noisy at any time but mainly calling for mates, so as such get a pair. They will still make a noise but not as much . They eat most any small thing that is alive but can not vouch for harlequin bettle, but would be surprised if they don't.They will be fine with the chooks .A long thin 1/3 of an acre means you will be close to neighbours , they are hard to confine so don't be surprised if they help themselves to neighbours veggie gardens.


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I would caution against getting Guineas on only 1/3 acres. They fly very well and tend to take off around the neighbourhood. You can clip their wings but it is difficult to stop them flying over a fence if they get startled even then. The females in particular can be very noisy, but all make a 'rusty hinge' sound, sometimes for hours on end (or it seems that long :lol: ) The problem with noise is not at night - much more in the daytime. I would check your zoning and what birds are allowed in your council area too prior to getting any. They are sweet stupid funny little things though, but in my opinion need space.

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Hi there,mine dont make noise throught he night & Very little through the day i only have 3 and im only on a house block,they do fly up on my pens and walk around & sometimes will fly onto next doors roof but generaly never go out the front or in next doors yard.

One was raised in that pen and the other 2 are young-but old enough to fly,i would suggest you try and get some younger ones.

I did have 3 before, bought them from an auction-they were quiet mad-i cliped their wings-that kept them on the ground...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:44 pm 
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For years ( 1969 to 1980) we could not sell guinea fowl as they were called
"The Alarm clocks"

We have them and have bred them since 1985.

Mine rome aound there 1 acea paddock, sleep with the chooks or on top of their pen. Make a lot of NOISE when danger is there, or in mating season.

Mine are basickly quiet because I show them and they are use to people.

If you get some start with babys, which are available in the spring and hand raise them, and train them to stay put. Also may be pinning them would keep them from flying to next door.
They are a tough bird and have a great personality and are "hard to kill with a stick".

My long suffering wife and daughter does not like chooks or ducks BUT loves their guinea fowl.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:55 pm 
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thanks everyone for the tips and opinions - keep 'em coming!!
a local breeder has 6-7week old keets for sale. do you think this is too old to train them to stay close?
i should also mention that i have an almost three year old daughter (who loves to harass the chooks) - should this have any bearing on my decision?
thanks again (for past and future replies)
astrid


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I have a pair in an aframe i move around the yard. Otherwise cut their wings.

To tame guineas takes a lot of handling from hatch.

Mine dont make hardly any sound.

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