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phil

Guinea Fowl

How many guinea hens should a cock bird run with.
wayland

I dont know what the recommended maximum is but I have run eight hens with just the one cock.
patsonline

Guinea Fowl in the wild usually have only one mate for life, 'domesticated' the Cocks may be persauded to mate with two hens.
phil

Thanks for that.
He ran with two this year with no problems and i was going to try four hens next year.
patsonline

Good luck with that then Phil, but I reckon you will see a lot of cold shouldering going on towards the new hens. My trio are fantastic for clearing the land of ticks and next year I will put them to work in the vegetable garden, one bird could clear an acre of potatoes, they are best of all poultry for eating insects and with all the protein makes the eggs and the meat all the more tastier.
phil

Hello pat
Do you think introducing a new cock bird to four hens would be a better idea.
patsonline

Well before I would stick my neck out and suggest what I think you should do....I would like to ask you ' what has your fertility rate has been like with the two to one ratio this season so far, and also are your guinea fowl free ranging? if so do they get along with your other birds.
phil

Fertility rate was very good, yes they are free range,the guinea fowl eat and roost with the other hens but the guinea cock was aggressive to all the other birds except the guinea hens.
patsonline

Well in that case I do think that you would be losing your excellent fertlity rates by going a for 4 to 1 ratio, why dont you just introduce another 2 hens and 1cock and try to set up another trio? I have tried on other occassions to introduce a new cock to join the group or new hens and the resulting violence has not been pleasant, also you have the opportunity to introduce new bloodlines, you are welcome to some of my fertilized eggs, the hens and the cock are unrelated, they are still laying at present and usually do until the end of October/ early November.
phil

Thanks for the offer of eggs Pat i might take you up on that next year if things don't work out,but for now i think it would be easier to introduce another trio of guinea fowl to the flock.The reason i haven't done that already is i didn't think of it.
patsonline

Yes...that might work better, hope all goes well for you.

They certainly are underated birds, if they laid all year I would probably just have Guinea fowl, their eggs and meat are second to none...in my opinion.  
phil

In my opinion they are a better eating bird than chicken its guinea fowl for Christmas this year.
patsonline

Great choice Phil. experts reckon that 2 years old is the best time to eat them..... what is your experience?
phil

I haven't had the luxury of eating that many but the ones i have eaten have been about a year old.
patsonline

Mine too actually, I have never bred them to eat, firstly I got them for their excellent warning system against predators and then secondly when I tasted the superb egg quality, it wasnt until I finally had to sell and cull the unwanted cocks that I sampled the meat also.....unfortunately I had let some of them go for nearly nothing before I had tried them! Ah well you live and learn.

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