|17 straight-run Pearl Grey guinea keets|
They arrived last Friday. We decided to get them after having so many problems with ticks last year. They are supposed to be superior insect eaters. They are smaller than standard breed chicken chicks, because guineas lay smaller eggs (2 guinea eggs = 1 chicken egg). In fact, I worried that the chick feeder would be too big.
|We ordered 15 from Cackle Hatchery. They sent us 2 extra.|
That worry turned out to be unfounded. Where there's a will there's a way and all that. They are quicker than chicks and dart around their brooder box like little speed racers.
This is a new species for us, so most of what I know is what I've read.
I can tell you that they are super cute. They are also hilarious when they crash. Baby chicks just squat down and nod off. Keets lay out flat with their legs sticking straight out. Shocking at first ("are they still alive?").
|"You lookin' at me?"|
I read they grow more quickly than chicken chicks and so need a higher protein starter feed. I got one for turkeys and quail. Our neighbor claims guinea fowl will even eat fire ants, but I'll have to see that one to believe it. :)
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