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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:38 am 
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Hi,
I've got a question for You :)
Have you ever domesticated your guineas?
A lot of people say that guineas are very shy birds. That's not true in my opinion.
my guineas are as friendly as pets :) They come to my hand and eat delicious tidbits :D
That's a photo when Sandra eats a piece of apple from my hand :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:10 pm 
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I have always found guinea fowl to be skittish flighty birds. Great photo! It shows what can be achieved in the poultry world despite stereo typing certain breeds. Years ago I had a friend who trained his leghorns to fly up onto his arm for treats. I didn't think to take a photo at the time. :D

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I have one lonely male guinea who is very flighty and territorial. He flies like a helicopter so goes into whatever un-netted pen he likes and storms the place. He's a total dominator. He's half the size of the RIR, Wellie, or Sussex Roos, and they are all frightened of his charges. We keep him for entertainment value. There's no chance of him ever coming to my hand for a treat though. We have to get him off the roof at night time to worm him - the little monkey!


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:11 pm 
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arkadio,

Congratulations on domesticating your guineas.

However, I am not sure I want mine to become any more friendly or bolder than they are right now. You see, they already congregate at the bottom of our stairs at mealtimes, even though that is not where we feed them! Ten adult guineas waiting to be fed and making a racket if I am late.

Congregating at the bottom of the steps was bad enough but lately one or two are starting to climb the stairs (there are about seven steps altogether). If I encourage them, I am afraid they will camp on our verandah or come in through the open doors. That problem has come up a few times on the forums with other poultry, I believe.

Also, bolder birds may turn on humans, especially young children, so be careful with them around strangers.

That said, it _is_ a nice picture. 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:29 am 
I was given a pet Guinea, that had been raised from hatching, her name is Pecker, and that is the reason she was given away.

Well I let her go and she found herself a boyfriend, but she still runs along beside me when I am on the ride on mower, even when I am mowing.

She allows you to pick her up and when you put her on you lap she stay there.

She is very happy being a pet and a wild bird

ps I love the white Guinea in the background, that are very very rare here in Australia


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Mine is the same as Broken Bird

He's happy enough to be caught without making a fuss and will fall asleep on my lap while being stroked
I hand raised him with the chooks
But I have seen wilder more flighty ones where they just basically stay away and not wanting anything to do with you even with food


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Thanks you for the advices :biggrin:

I can say that my guineas are domesticate, but not all. :)
same of them are quite shy, but I hope they will be more confident.

They come only to me :biggrin: Guineas fear when they see another person for example my mum or dad.

And when thay see stranger, they shout a lot :D So there's no any problem I think.


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 Post subject: Re: Domesticate guineas
PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 7:33 am 
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The disadvantage with guineas compared to chooks I think is that it's harder to domesticate them when they're older.
I bought young ones from market before, probably about 2mths old and no matter how much time or how much food we give them they were still very flighty. They stayed put and din't run away but you couldn't really go near them at all. They'll wait till you're about 5M away just to eat from the food bin
But I think once they've been domesticated then they're not flighty in general.

I recently picked up a trio and they're fine, they were hand raised but older birds.
Maybe even has something to do with age??
They'll let me come close to them but for sure they still wouldn't let me pick them up without a chase.

Whereas mine is just a cheeky bugger.
He'll linger around me and I swear it's like playing tips at times.
If I can grab him he's fine and becomes a sook.
But if I miss grabbing him he'll do a run for it and them comes back.
It's like daring me to catch him.
Funny part is everytime I want to catch a chook he'll join the chase
And like yours he's a great guard dog since he makes a loud racket everytime a stranger comes
The oddity is he LOVES Silky down. I'm not sure if it's LOVE or HATE actually
But if I had a silky in the yard he'll just chase it all day grab and pull their feathers out so by the end of the day there'll be feathers everywhere


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