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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:55 pm 
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Hi,
Can anybody please help me to determine the sex of my 9 week old Guinea Fowl. I know the easiest way to tell is by their call but it hasn't started yet.
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Hello Nicholas
I too have Guineas
This website might help http://www.guineafowl.com


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Thanks Shannon.


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Sorry to disappoint you, Nicholas, but the call isn't the "easiest" way to tell, it's the ONLY reliable way. :?

You can take a guess from the wattle too but that is not much better than 50-50, and at 9 weeks yours don't have any wattle yet. :roll:

No choice but to be patient, I'm afraid. That's just the way Guineas are. :wink:

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Thanks KreyziyGiniy,
I'll wait and see. How much longer is it before usually start calling? (I'm so impatient aren't I).
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my guess at this stage is that they are all girls


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Thanks BB,
It's just the one Guinea Fowl that all those pics are of. It had a partner but it unfortunetly died young. I've been waiting to find out what sex it is so I can get it a mate and possibly another pair.
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Nicholas


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Nicholas,

You are in luck. They "find their voices" around eight weeks, so any day now... :wink: Being alone, however, he or she may take longer.

There are sound files of the different calls here:

http://www.guineafowl.com/fritsfarm/guineas/sexing/

Also, as far as I know guineas don't pair up as such, they just flock. Unlike chickens, the ratio of males to females is better if it is 60/40, i.e., three males for every two hens - the boys try harder that way, apparently.

Are you getting more keets? I have found the attrition rate is very high among guinea keets. You can expect to lose half of whatever number you buy. I bought eight and ended up with four. One of the hens hatched 24; she now has 12.

Besides, with guineas the more the merrier and they make less noise per bird the more there are. That is to say, altogether they make the same total amount of noise whether you have two or twenty. Why stop at two pairs? In for a penny, in for a pound, I say. :wink: :lol: :lol:

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