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Worried about guinnies
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ali dabiri    Posted 10-22-2002 at 06:53:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have a guinnie hen and 9 chicks. the chicks are about 2 months old. they are in a cage (6x2x2). I want to let them out and want them to stay around the farm haouse. I have 2 dogs (border collies). I'm afraid the dogs will kill these birds. Can I put them up with the chickens and the rooster? will the chickens accept them? or can I let them loose in the woods near the house? would they stay around? also, today, october 21, 2002, one of the chicks died suddenly. what would cause them to die? do they need to be vaccinated?

Tammy-MN    Posted 10-22-2002 at 13:02:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If you have any other questions about Guineas try the website The forum is excellent and Frit is an expert. I don't think you could come up with a better question and answer forum. Good luck.

LH    Posted 10-22-2002 at 06:58:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had guineas for a long time, and if you turn them loose in the woods they probably wont come back to the house. Go ahead and put em in with your chickens and they should be fine. The dogs might try to get them, but a mother guinea is a very defensive critter and will take on about anything to protect her young. As with raising any type of animal, sometimes you just lose some without explanation. overcrodwing, and cannibalism are big problems with a lot of birds. We never vaccinated ours, but if they show any signs of illness you can add some antibiotics to their water source.

Rickstir    Posted 10-22-2002 at 07:58:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
None of the chicken diseases are transferable to guineas. They are easy pickings for foxes, coytes, and owls however. Wonder if the border collies would try to herd them? Do the dogs show a lot of interest in the birds? We let our chickens free range a couple of hours before dark. We have labs and I wouldn't want them to be out in the chicken area when the birds are out. They are birddogs! The labs always get as close to the chicks as the fence will allow.

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