How Tame are Your Guineas?



 
 
 
 

It is easiest to tame guineas when starting with day old keets.  If keets are handled several times daily (for long periods each time) and it is kept up until they are full grown, you can produce adult guinea fowl who are just as tame as any other pet. 

Please note, taming guineas to be hand held and petted is not necessary.  These photos are here to show that the challenge IS possible. 

If you have a picture suited for this page, please send it in!  Send email to: Frit


 
 

The following photos are for your viewing pleasure,
and are not to be copied without permission.

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Use slow movements so as not to frighten young keets.  Lower your hand
into the brooder and remain still.  Allow the keets to investigate.
in the beginning...

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First the lap and shoulder.
Allow them to sit without force.
Avoid sudden, fast movements.
Thanks for sharing this photo Danese!
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Joe & Kathy
starting with keets in FloridaCowboy Joe from Fowl House Chat

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These one month old keets in Maine feel safe enough to roost on Val's arm :)
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AmyOH offering White Millet to her keets
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Here is a picture of my one “Lucky” baby that survived Wilma’s nest of 21 eggs.
She is now become a house resident and thinks she is a dog!
I thought this picture was too cute and wanted to share it with you for your website. Mandy


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Olivia with her growing keet in Ohio ------------------------------- Dawn D's son with his keet
Spritz  enjoyed being in the house and would stay on Olivia's shoulder while she walked from room to room.
Dawn D's son and his growing keet

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Mrs. Calabro's classroom project.

These students tamed keets after hatching eggs in an incubator

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ONE chick TWO keets and Heathear in Idaho


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Handle keets as often as possible beginning the day they hatch.
 (Often = hours daily, not minutes)

Choosing one or two keets to handle per person - it is not possible to handle

a large order/hatch of keets to be as tame as the adults pictured further down the page.

Sara B in PA
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Roosting on Bob.

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Here is a photo of our tame 13 week old babies---tame is stating it mildly--- they think they are human as they lived in the house with us for incubation and first three weeks.  Thanks for all the help from your book. - Alice
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This adult guinea fowl jumped up for some hugs and petting.
Another photo donated by Danese...

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I took the George man to school today to meet  a kindergarten class, he was very well behaved, didn't even poop on the rug.  This was his first trip in a carrier, away from Boy and Henrietta.  He visited all the children, demonstrating all his fine qualities, quite the guinea ambassador.  Since he got all the millet he wanted, he may want to make this a frequent outing.   Danese 
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TN Sally offered millet to keets, continued as they grew and they still come to her as adults.
First Day of Freedom..  . Well-Trained with Millet *S*
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Ann in Wisconsin
Ann in WIsconsin Do Not Copy
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       My guineas all are performance jumpers taking corn kernels from my fingers
  as much as 5' high.I never thought I'd get so "connected" with the guineas
     and chickens when I started, they were just to eat ticks. That they have.  Bill

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A day at the office with Phyllis CT and her pet "NJ"
NJ helping Phyllis fileNJ working with the mouse

NJ working as a paper weightNJ riding home after a long day at work.
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...some millet and alfalfa, bean sprouts, ticks,  a little cracked corn, some yummy Japanese beetles, bugs, insects, weed seeds... and maybe a shiney new mirror?
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This is our house guinea Charlotte with our cat and dog. She's a real hoot!! She has a boy friend now but still comes to the door every night and walks in to cage in our plant room off the kitchen. It
has big windows so she can see right into the kitchen. She thinks she's a cat!                         Joanie 

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Zoe's house pets

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Danese submitted this photo of her house guinea and its parrot friend. :)

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Mamahen36 in Connecticut
Connie in ConnecticutDo not copy
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....guinea mom with her keetjust taking it easy after an indoor snack
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admiring their reflections
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This HOUSE GUINEA lives indoors as the family pet.
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Guinea Love (contributed by K)

 

Help in the Kitchen (contributed by LisaND)

 


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