About

The domestic Guinea Fowl is still found in the wild where it forages in large flocks and is considered a fine game bird. It is mainly kept for food as it’s eggs and meat are very good to eat.

The Guinea fowl rank as one of the best destroyers of many pest insects and spend a great deal of their time looking for various insect life and during the warmer months will pick up a great deal of their own food in the form of beetles, grasshoppers and other insects. They do very little damage to either flowers or vegetables unlike chickens that will destroy any garden they are allowed to enter.

The Guinea fowl has another advantage over chicken in that it has longed been called a winged watchdog and will by it’s alarm alert you of intruders be it man, bird or beast. When they are used to an individual person or animal they will normally only alarm when a stranger comes near and will call even at night.

We have witnessed on more than one occasion a flock of Guinea Fowl rout a fox with their calls.

Guinea Fowl do make good companion birds for other domestic birds as they tend to be non aggressive to birds of a similar size and do not carry many of the diseases and germs that Chicken, Turkeys, Ducks and Geese are susceptible.

For the small fruit grower, Guineas are an advantage in that they will discourage smaller birds that damage crops and they will not pick the fruits and often are not inclined to even eat the fruit that falls to the ground.

When the Guinea Fowl start to laying in the spring, we advise eggs should be collected every day and a dummy egg or eggs left in the nest to encourage them to lay all season up until late October depending on the weather conditions. It is important that the eggs are collected when the hen is not in the vicinity of the nest or she may move locations. Some will lay with chicken, while others will preferr to make their own nest in a hedge or clump of weeds.

The eggs are heavy shelled and the size of a small hens egg they have a large yoke and many people regard them as superior to a hens egg. The eggs take 25/26 day to hatch and are incubated in the same way as a normal chicken, we tend to prefer a broody chicken if possible but also hatch out many in incubators.

Some of the advantages of Guinea Fowl are:-

  • They act as very efficient watch dogs and are constantly on guard.
  • They will pick up a large part of their own food during the warmer months if given space.
  • In the winter they eat less grain then most domestic fowl.
  • They carry few of the diseases dangerous to other domestic fowl.
  • Guinea Fowl eggs are considered a delicacy and have a good flavour.
  • Guinea Fowl meat is classed as a game meat and described by many as half way between a free range chicken and a pheasant and commands premium rates.
  • All our Guineafowl are either bred by us or in the UK and not imported or intensive reared birds.