Guineas originated in Africa. The hens lay hard shelled eggs and usually will have anywhere from 25-30 eggs in her nest. Hens tend to share their nests with of hens until they have accumulated a large quantity of eggs.
Keets are high susceptuble to damp grass for their 1st two weeks of life and can die by following the hen through the grass. When keet is betwen two to six weeks old they become very hardy.
Usually in adulthood if their helmet and waddles are larger they are usually male. The hen makes a distinctive two-sylabol call. They eat many insects including ticks, and wasps. They are also great security systems for your other birds. They will alert with a shreeking call of any birds of prey. They fair well in groups.
Guinea color varieties are Pearl, White, Purple, Slate, Chocolate, Lavendar, Coral Blue, Bronze, Pewter, Buff, Dundotte, Blonde and Pied.
Guinea Keet Care:
Here is a list of equipment that you will need before you bring your new chicks to their new home:
Please refer to Our Chick Care Page if you need to know hwo to make a brooder.
Keets are hatched at 99.5 degrees. Their heat needs to be kept at 95 degrees for the 1st week after hatch. After their 1st week decrease the heat by 5 degrees each week. If you are not raising your keets on wire as we do then you will need to use newspaper or paper towel for bedding. Always remeber to keep plenty of clean water and feed available for your keets. Place marbles in the water tray so that your keets will not drown, they will suck out the water from between the marbles. They do tend to eat and drink alot more than poultry. We usually feed our keets what we feed our chicks and you may check that out by going to Our Chick Care Page. You would want to have either a cage big enough or a coop and run for keets until they are about 16 weeks of age. Do not let your Keets free range before they are 16 weeks of age due to they will not be able to roost up in trees at night to be able to protect themselves from predators. When it is time for you to fre range your keets let one keet out a day. This will help ensure that your keets as they reach adulthood will stay around and most likely will not run off or disapear. Usually by letting one keet out a day, that keet will stay around the keets that are still being cooped and it will return to the side of the coop.
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