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  • Guinea Hens - where do they come from?

    Had a baby guinea hen come running out of the field into the yard as I was grazing my gelding today. Old enough to have feathers. Anyone care to explain where this thing came from? Does the tree out back grow them? Did it come baled in the roundbale They certainly don't hatch out of eggs from other guineas.

    It started sqauwking and my gelding was less then amused with it. He gave it the stink eye and was a little annoyed and wanted to know what I brought home. Told him I didn't do it and I was just about as thrilled. I know they eat ticks. But my chickens were doing just fine with that. The last guinea hen here got kidnapped and left at another farm with other guineas. This one looks confused and lost like it just fell out of the sky. Is this some kind of joke that someone is playing on me?
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    Sounds like an alien abductee that was just returned to your farm. Any strange circles appearing in your pasture?
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      #3
      Yes, many strange circles where the grass is burnt and the horses won't eat the grass around it. Very possible it is alien related.
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      • #4
        I want it! I'd get some guinea chicks if I thought the cats would leave them alone. As it is, I'm left with having to lure the neighbor's grown ones over. I think they're funny as h#ll!
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          The cats are leaving it alone. I think if it were smaller they would eat it. It's got feathers and lost the chick fuzz already. If it is around tomorrow I will get a pic. I have some smaller hens about the same age that it is trying to hang out with but they aren't really going for it. I think they are getting the alien vibe from it too. If it is here tomorrow Alabama I will box it up and ship it ASAP!
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          • #6
            Send it on! LOL! I love them despite being cranky about most noisy things.

            My outside cats are so funny when the neighbor's guineas come visit. They look both horrified and fascinated - but the birds are just too big (and probably too scary) for them to attack. These cats regularly kill squirrels so I'm not sure baby/small chicks would make out too well. Who knows? Do the babies make the same kind of noise the grown ones do? That might put the cats off!
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            • #7
              They do come from outer space.

              Mars to be exact.

              Even Looney Tunes knew that:


              Tell me that's not a guinea hen....
              You jump in the saddle,
              Hold onto the bridle!
              Jump in the line!
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                Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
                They do come from outer space.

                Mars to be exact.

                Even Looney Tunes knew that:


                Tell me that's not a guinea hen....
                LOL! That is exactly what this thing looks like. Face expression and all!
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                  Originally posted by alabama View Post
                  My outside cats are so funny when the neighbor's guineas come visit. They look both horrified and fascinated - but the birds are just too big (and probably too scary) for them to attack. These cats regularly kill squirrels so I'm not sure baby/small chicks would make out too well. Who knows? Do the babies make the same kind of noise the grown ones do? That might put the cats off!
                  My formerly vagrant-turned-permanent-houseguest guineas hatched a nest of 11 babies. The cats left them alone, and my cats regularly kill full-sized squirrels, bats, big birds, etc. (i.e. they are KILLERS). Maybe they wouldn't have if there hadn't been (stupidly un-) vigilant parents around all of the time, but the babies got eaten/squashed/picked up by other things (owls, eagles, coyotes, coons)......just not the cats. And I know this because a bunch of them made it to 6-ish weeks of age (at which point they look like a small adult and can fly - kind of) and were living in the trees at night. I'm pretty sure it was one of our resident owls who picked them off one after another.

                  But no problem with my [usually murderous] cats.
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                    ....And it is gone. Maybe I am the crazy one? Maybe the guinea was never even here. I haven't seen the thing all day. Now I feel kind of bad.

                    ETA: I don't feel that bad because I didn't go out of my way to look for it. But I did not hear it anywhere.
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                    • #11
                      I arrived at the barn last year to find a guinea hen running around the pasture. Since the barn is in the middle of the city it was a little concerning. I texted my BM and asked her when she bought the Emu and she was quite surprised.

                      It eventually left and went back down the block to people who owned an acre in their backyard and were raising them.

                      Something similar happened when I found a chicken in the indoor arena. In pieces. I assume something caught it at the place down the road, and then drug it all the way to the barn, and inside the indoor to eat it. Why I have no idea. It was a big chicken.
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                      • #12
                        I was a little concerned for my neighbor's guineas as at first I had seen a herd of five of them but lately only two. I thought some might have been picked off. Nope. All five showed up and breakfasted (sp) on the bird seed I put out for them! Yea! My evil plan of guinea luring is well underway.
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                        • #13
                          Personally I think they come from hell. Just wait until the 5 turns to 30. Try to have a conversation with someone with the guineas yammering and all you'll be able to do is watch each other's lips move.

                          We were invaded by the neighbor's guineas this spring and now I'm cheering on the gray fox who has started picking them off. Peace!

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                          • #14
                            My dad had a huge flock of them when I was a kid and I did find them a bit alarming then. I don't know, though. I'm really enjoying these. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that they eat ticks. I'm tick phobic so anything that kills/eats ticks is thumbs up in my book!

                            I don't have many visitors anyway so the noise doesn't bother me which is shocking to my SO because I am VERY noise sensitive. The fact of the tick eating plus my outside cats' obvious horror just tips the scale in their favor. They might all be hens, as far as I know. The second year I was here, I saw the same (I think) five but they had escaped their coop. Now I think he's turned them out to wander. Probably hates them and their noise. LOL!
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                            • #15
                              The noise IS probably why my neighbors turned theirs loose. lol

                              In spite of the guineas the ticks are still bad here, due to the mild winter. While I loved the weather we had last winter and this year so far, the ticks are baaad. We've lived on our farm for 15 years and I've never experienced anything like it.

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                              • #16
                                grayarabpony, do you have a lot of oak trees? I keep hearing about lots of ticks, but we have few oaks around. There was a bumper crop of acorns in 2010, therefore a bumper crop of mice (interim host for ticks) in 2011. This year fewer mice, so ticks looking for a host.

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                                • #17
                                  Some oak trees, but mostly red maples (which we have cut down around the pastures), Loblolly pines and tulip poplars.

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                                    Originally posted by Derby Lyn Farms View Post
                                    Had a baby guinea hen come running out of the field into the yard as I was grazing my gelding today. Old enough to have feathers. Anyone care to explain where this thing came from? Does the tree out back grow them? Did it come baled in the roundbale They certainly don't hatch out of eggs from other guineas.

                                    It started sqauwking and my gelding was less then amused with it. He gave it the stink eye and was a little annoyed and wanted to know what I brought home. Told him I didn't do it and I was just about as thrilled. I know they eat ticks. But my chickens were doing just fine with that. The last guinea hen here got kidnapped and left at another farm with other guineas. This one looks confused and lost like it just fell out of the sky. Is this some kind of joke that someone is playing on me?
                                    From my understanding of my friends ginnie's they never stay in their own yard until night time. If you do not own ginnie's then they are from the neighbors.

                                    Odd birds they are.

                                    Yes they can hatch from other birds. Might have been dropped off from a neighbor or a passerby. Kinda like how people drop off dogs or cats to neighbor's who appear to be in need of a new pet.

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                                      Eek! So maybe I am loosing my mind. A few days ago, about a mile down the road, I had to stop to let 2 guineas run across the road. One of them was white, is this even possible? Then yesterday, out of my field and across the road runs 2 baby guineas!!!! Smaller then the 1 spotted in my yard. This is insane. I think they are over taking the area and are wild ones that got loose from the neighbors from previous years.
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                                      • #20
                                        I love my guineas! I have 2 who have been here about a year (started with 4). Got another young adult one from a friend, and bought 6 babies. One baby met an untimely end due to a fan but otherwise they have grown up nicely and we just turned them loose a few days ago, so far they are hanging around.

                                        I, too, don't usually like noisy things, but these birds are too stupid and too funny, I love them. The 2 original ones run up to any car that shows up, and love to stare at themselves in the hubcaps. Those two are males and only sqwauk at new or strange things.

                                        Sadly, one of the babies is a female and is OBNOXIOUS. She is constantly yelling, for no apparent reason. If I could catch her, I would probably eat her myself.

                                        For whoever was wondering if it's a girl or boy guinea, they make different sounds. The male's sound is singular, like ACK-ACK-ACK, while the female makes a double sound, ack-ACK ack-ACK ack-ACK. Or so I'm told. I think you can search on YouTube and find examples of the two.
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