Guinea Fowl have a long history and have played a useful role throughout time. The Ancient Egyptians and the Romans regarded Guinea Fowl as a luxury food and this is pretty much the status of Guinea Fowl even to this day. This Africian bird has many uses, as a poultry keeper I find the Guinea Fowl a great 'watchdog', they alert with their high pitch call when anyone is around so a really handy smallholder and farmers friend to protect stock. Natural pest control of these birds is also fantastic keeping pest population down, such as ticks which is a natural food source to them, so great for estates where ticks are a problem with deer.
Guinea fowl eggs are usually overlooked, but their eggs are full of protein and full of superior taste, Ideal for baking and using in salads with their rich yolks. Guinea Fowl is also a quality and highly sought after meat bird, with it's gamey taste.
Guinea Fowl are free rangers, they can be kept in an aviary style enclosure but they enjoy free-ranging They will live happily on an open space, such as farmland, estates and smallholdings.
They are hardy and robust birds and are easy to manage. If you get them as poults (like pheasants) they can be familiarised with their location and will stay in the area, identifying their food area and laying area whilst free-ranging within an area. Guinea Fowl tend to perfer to roost not in commerical chicken houses and perfer to perch higher up, so a shed or barn will suit perfectly.
Not having the tendancy to go broody, if you wanted to hatch off young, it would be best to incubate the eggs or hatch under a broody bantam. Incubation time for Guinea Fowl eggs is 28 days and young is pretty much reared in the same way as chicken chicks, starting with a crumb feed and then onto a grower ration. It is best to have higher brooding / rearing pens for Guinea Fowl as they tend to be more skittish than chickens and will bang their heads if spooked.
Guinea Fowl will forage naturally for the majority of their food, especially in Spring and Summer months when bugs and grubs are abundant. Additional hoppers of layers pellers will be appreciated by laying birds and the occasional handful of corn will persuade the birds to keep close and familar with you. More pellet and corn feed should be made available during the winter months when free-range ration is less.
Guinea Fowl lay in clutches and will lay around 70-90 egg per year. Their eggs are round at the ends and pointy at the bottom and speckled. The eggs have a hard shell.
Guinea Fowl eggs are superior tasting and can be used in baking, salads and cooking. Their eggs are rich in protein and have a rich yellow yolk and quality white.
Guinea Fowl meat is a luxury table bird. Their meat is a creamy white and tender with a slightly gamey flavour to it. Guinea Fowl meat is lower in fat than chicken meat. You can pretty much prepare Guinea Fowl as the same as chicken, it is ideal for slow cooking, so perfect for Pot Roasting or Casseroling to maintain the moisture and succlent flavour.
We keep and breed different colours of Guinea Fowl
We do not pinion our Guinea Fowl.