I got a pair of guinea fowl last autumn as chicks....it appears I have a male and a female (from the sounds they make)
From what I've read, they're GREAT for eating the bugs and stinging insects without scratching up the gardens, like the chickens so. So - the chickens are now delegated to a yard and the guineas have free run of the farm.
In the last few weeks they've gotten really vocal at dusk.
This week (I've been home sick) and the darned female NEVER SHUTS UP!! She's been hollering for most of the day. Will quiet for a few minutes and then gets going again.
Nothing has changed, other than the snow has melted mostly away...
I need ideas or the guinea fowl are going to have to go live at someone else's farm!!
My only suggestion is "ear plug".... Teenage guineas are extremely noisy, especially teenage female guineas....
They are at the stage that every thing excites them (yearling = teenage). When they get older (2~3 years old), they should quiet down a little bit... Another option is to butcher the female... Female will always be noisier than the male. But then your loneseome male might get too lonely and looks for another home...
Well, Guineas do serve their purpose...and Peacocks are beautiful....but if I were ever to be moved to shooting something with feathers, it would be those two.
My neighbor had a gorgeous peacock. He'd bray like a jackass- and, occasionally, he'd get up into the neighborhood above his farm. THAT was a lovely way for those suburbanites to wake the hell up in the morning!
Hmmm....do you PROMISE she'll quiet down in another year.
Would the male be happy, if he could hang out with a couple of chickens??
I can't STAND the hollering!!
Hahhaa I promise they will be quieter. Now the operative is "quieter, much quieter", not "quiet" I have 15 of them (used to have 30 of them). We have coyotes, foxes, or whatever.. so our fatality rate is very high. Anyway, last year, they literally drove me crazy and I would have shoot them if I had a gun. This year, umm, much more subdued. Tolerable... Not perfect.. but tolerable, especially after last year's hell..
Our neighbors have a ton of them, and they come over to visit a lot. They're always reproducing too so I think they've always got teenage ones. I can hear them faintly in the middle of the night if I'm up, and they roost right next to the neighbors' house, so I can't imagine how little sleep they get.
I kind of like them. They used to drive me crazy because they are always right outside my bedroom window screeching like banshees at 5 AM, but now it doesn't even wake me up. Apparently they also help drive away rattlesnakes, so that's a plus. And my dogs really like to run really fast through the middle of the flock and make them all squawk and fly around. They don't chase them exactly, they just like to scare them.
Also their heads totally look like dinosaurs, which I think is cool (why yes I am a dork).