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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:25 pm 
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I moved my Guinea Fowl mid 2014 into an old settlers house/cottage that is on my property. Up until last Summer I would average around 15 brown snakes 2-3 tigers and the odd Redbelly Black & alot of them live under this old house.

I have not seen one single snake since Feb 2014. There would be just on 100 guineas in there, could it be true and they do infact keep them away?

Evan arou d the rest of the property I haven't seen one.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:46 pm 
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I would love to think it was true DJ. We have had more snakes this year than the last 10 put together. All browns except 1 black on monday at the back door.

My Guineas have been penned up for around 5 months though and not out free-ranging like they would normally do.

In my area the browns are in plague proportions, I dont know why they are protected....

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 2:55 pm 
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Yes my guineas and peafowl must be delinquent!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:10 pm 
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Mine certainly sound the alarm if there is a snake, but that is all they do.... They call and call until Mr GF goes to get rid of the snake... They are mostly all king browns so I dont blame the Guinea's for not taking them on..

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:08 pm 
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I do occasional yard work at a property with around 30-40 screaming guinea's. I dont know if these ones are particularly slow or not, but they tend to go real quiet and group up real close together and follow the snake around. First time I seen them with a snake they herded a brown into the aviary, second time they herded a red belly into her house (I had to get it back out). Third time they chased one under my car.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:26 pm 
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They are real dumb-asses sometimes...

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:04 am 
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I think any effectiveness of Guineas in keeping snakes @ bay is likely in some instances @ least related to their inherent curiosity & associated crowding behavior. If enough of them, they will crowd around & follow closely, probably making the snake a little uncomfortable, resulting in its moving on.

Mine never appeared to have any deterrence qualities; the snakes when around slithered about their activities, seemingly oblivious to the Guineas getting up close with outstretched necks, unsure about what to do next.

There used to be a youtube clip of a group of Guinea Fowl actively attacking a snake, demonstrating that a group of birds in the right frame of mind/situation will do it.

If it is a season for snakes in your area, they will still be around.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZVrL5x4s20


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9pYyXDkPZ8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doUMeh4m9Ew


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mesOSH9bAQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbYtt9MT2pg


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:26 am 
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Maybe it is just a co-incidence but still very odd. I'm not doubting their all still very much alive and lurking around, I just haven't spotted any. Maybe I should stop walking bare foot through the long grass to collect their eggs just in case :D

BUT knowing my luck I will see some now

Some interesting clips you posted Rolly.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:51 pm 
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Like 'guineafowl' we too have seen more snakes so far this summer than in the last ten years. Most have been browns including eastern. We have four adult guineas free ranging but don't suppose they can control a plague of snakes except for raising the alarm.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 5:51 pm 
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I'm still yet to see one snake this summer they must have forgotten to come out of hibernation


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:08 pm 
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DJ1983 wrote:
I'm still yet to see one snake this summer they must have forgotten to come out of hibernation


Good for you DJ, I would be ecstatic if that were my case. We had our 1st red-belly at the back door last week, we usually only get browns and they are big, fast and very vicious. Just the sight of them gives me shivers..

Um, you should probably put your shoes on just to be safe though...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:10 pm 
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hey DJ1983
we live around the GV area too, with lots of guineas and have only seen 2 snakes so far this year. 2 is a very small number for us; i hope it stays the same all hot season.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:09 pm 
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Grabby I'm about 20min North-West of Shepparton, for the last 5 years I start seeing them Sep through to end of March but this year absolutely nothing! Very strange indeed. Visiting a friend up the road the other day I saw 3 on the side of the road going into the scrub within seconds of each other so their definitely out & about, just not here


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Only had one this year Shepp region is quiet for the moment :laughing

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