One of my favourite flocks on the farm has to be these guys, my guinea fowl.... They're not the brightest of birds, it has to be said, and they are the clowns of the farm, always making me laugh with their ridiculous road-runner style sprints across the field!
I breed them every year and love the variety of colours you get from the flock. Colours in my flock include more common colours, such as Pearl (the classic dark grey with white spots) as well as rare colours, such as Lavender (light grey with white spots), Mulberry/Royal Purple (a deep purple), Pied Mulberry (deep purple with white patches), Porcelain (cream with white spots), White (pure white without spots), Chocolate (brown with white spots), Buff (a lighter brown with white spots) and Slate (a beautiful blue colour without spots).
White Female Guinea Fowl
To help people learn about the different Guinea Fowl colours, I've created a Guinea colour chart to show some of the colours in my flock:
Guinea Fowl Colours
Sexing Guinea Fowl
I always get asked how to sex Guinea Fowl and the answer is "with huge difficulty when they’re young"! In terms of appearance, adult males tend to have larger horns on their heads and larger wattles, but this isn’t a fail-safe way to sex Guinea Fowl as these can vary hugely in males and females.
A better way is through the sounds that they make; as soon as the keets start calling, at around 6 weeks or so, you can then easily determine the females, who have a unique so-called “Come-back” call. It sounds like they are saying “Come-back! Come-back! Come-back!”. Only the females make this distinctive call, therefore when you hear a Guinea Fowl make this call, you can be sure it is female.
Both males and females make the classic Guinea Fowl alarm sound. I’ve included videos of both of these calls here so you can learn how to tell the difference.
Guinea Fowl are infamously noisy, so do make sure you can keep these rowdy hooligans before getting some – you certainly need tolerant neighbours to have them!
Female Guinea Fowl "Come-back" Call. Only the females make this sound
Guinea Fowl Alarm Sound, that both Males & Females make.
We initially got a flock of Guinea Fowl for their natural pest-control; they are lovers of ticks and other nasties so they are worth their weight in gold in clearing the field of these so the livestock are not troubled by them. They’re also the lowest maintenance of any poultry we’ve ever owned as they’re extremely hardy and healthy birds, who choose to roost high in trees in all weather, meaning there’s no cleaning them out either – bonus!
Our flock live happily amongst the ducks, geese and chickens and produce a really delicious egg, a bit smaller than a medium chicken egg with an extremely thick shell. We love a couple of boiled Guinea eggs for breakfast!
A Young Pearl Guinea Fowl Keet
We breed our Guineas throughout the Spring and Summer months and sell hatching eggs, newly hatched keets and older keets, as available.
Guinea Fowl Pricelist:
Hatching eggs: £2 per egg for a mix of multicoloured Guinea Fowl eggs. Min order 6 + P&P £8
Unsexed Keets: £10 - £15 per keet, depending on colour
Female Guinea Fowl: £35
Male Guinea Fowl: £20
They are always hugely popular so we’d advise getting in touch as soon as you can if you’re keen to join our waiting list for any of these this year. We can deliver stock nationwide using our fully insured, professional and experienced poultry couriers. Please Contact Us for more info.