Guineas help to control ticks, grasshoppers and snakes.
Minimum order size: 20 keets. Straight-run only.
Important note: These are keets, not adult birds as pictured.
We set guinea eggs from May through July, or whenever they stop laying. We fill orders in the order in which they are received.
Guineas originated in Africa and were brought to Europe in the 1400s by Portuguese explorers. Later, they were carried to America by early settlers.
There are lots of good reasons to raise Guineas. They’re a low-maintenance bird and tend to have little trouble with diseases. They typically are allowed to free range and can get much of their sustenance by foraging for weed seeds, insects, small rodents and such. They help to control ticks, grasshoppers and other pests as well as snakes.
Their meat is darker than that of chickens and very flavorable—perhaps a little more gamey than chicken. They are not prolific layers, but their eggs are edible and nutritious, and they will set and hatch their own eggs. Guineas will scratch in garden areas, but overall they tend to be less disruptive to the garden, when free ranging, than chickens.
I will warn you that guineas are LOUD. They like to loudly discuss anything new—anything out of the ordinary. This makes them great “watchdogs” but can also be disturbing to your neighbors. They also free range widely. This can be a problem if you have neighbors nearby.
Guineas are not born with “car sense,” nor do they seem to develop it as they get older. If you live near a road, particularly a major road, expect to experience some losses in your free range flock.