Our newest additons to the farm arrived today, and they are my first attempt at raising guineas from chicks. I love these birds, not only for their pretty colors but for their vocal attempts at warning us that something is in the yard that shouldn’t be! And let’s not forget they eat ticks and keep snakes at bay, both of which are a yearly predator on the farm. I’ve had guineas only once before when we bought a few adults from the farmer’s market, not knowing they would wander off because they had no connection to our property, another reason I wanted chicks. By growing up here, they will feel the need to be on guard and protect our property, their property.
Guinea eggs are extra good too, they contain more yolk than whites, making them better for baking even though they are smaller. Guinea meat is mostly dark and lean, but mine will be for protection and eggs, as well as entertainment on the farm. The ticks were out here early, so hopefully my new flock will grow fast so they can fill up on all the bugs they can eat!
Not only have I never raised guineas from baby chicks, I’ve never had to deal with defected chicks, ever. But, I have 2 baby guineas that can hardly walk, seems to be straddle leg, I’m trying to create a hobble for their legs, for support but it’s harder than it looks. I hope all my attempts will work so I can save these two from a hard and uncomfortable life. I’ll keep you posted!