Exotic Guinea Fowl
|Linda Enger, aka
"YumYum" is a subscriber to guineafowl egroups and a regular visitor
to the Guinea Fowl Message Board on Frit's Farm. She took pictures
of her beautiful Vulturine Guinea Fowl and donated the following photos
to this site right.
Linda says her "blues" are as tame as the helmeted guinea fowl and will eat right out of her hands. They have a call quite unlike the other guineas, softer and more peaceful. The vulturines do not lay eggs until their second season, and when Linda has eggs or keets become available for sale, they will be listed in the Guinea Fowl General Store on the BREEDER'S LIST.
The following quoted information was provided by Linda:
"Vulturine Guineas – of the guinea family, come from the plains of Africa. More wild than domestic guineas, generally do not start to lay until 2 years old. They are brilliantly colored with cobalt blue chest, have red eyes, and a senna colored afro. The skin on their heads and neck are also blue. Males and females look identical and must be sexed by DNA or unless one lays eggs. They make cute little chirping noises like the lizards in the Jurassic Park movie, then when irritated or scared, have a high screeching sound. They are very curious and will often come and eat their favorite treat, mealworms, out of your hand. They stress easily and must have a large pen to move around."
I bought two 10ft by 20ft portable carports from Costco to start with, which were about $150 each . They must be the kind with 8 upright poles.
During cold weather, attach the plastic wrap around panels that come with he kit, at least making it wind proof. Add a large box or inside solid shelter with a heat lamp.
Cold is 40 degrees
Fahrenheit, at that temperature I put the heat lamp on.
Each pair, during breeding season has approximately 200 sq.ft. of space and their own pen to keep track of the offsprings parentage. During the fall and winter, they get to stay together.
Scroll down a bit further to see pictures of Steve Garvin's Vulturines and Vulturine Keets.. Steve also donated pictures of his Crested Guinea Fowl and crested keets..
Photos are for educational
purposes only. Do not copy.
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|Rare and different,
these crested guinea fowl are reported by some to be quite mean, and unlike
the domestic helmeted guinea fowl, these were said to attack. One
man who has raised these had to pen single pairs together, and didnt
keep them long because of their nature. These birds, he said, would
attack him if he went in their covered run for any reason. He had
to wear protective clothing. NASTY is the word he used.
Steve Garvin has donated pictures of his Crested Guinea Fowl and Crested Keets. Below is also a picture of his vulturines and crested together.
The photos of the crested guinea fowl are for educational purposes. Do not copy.