Here at Moon Ridge Farm we keep one of the largest colour selections of Guinea fowl in the UK including
- Pearl pied
- Buff Dundotte
- Coral Blue
Guinea Fowl are an African bird which have adapted well here in the UK. They are great for eggs, feathers (for fishing) and for alarm ‘watchdogs’ for livestock on smallholdings and farms. They are also excellent free-ranging bird to use for natural pest control, so great at keeping down tick populations on deers, so ideal for estates with deer as ticks are a natural food source for guinea fowl.
Guinea Fowl are natural free-rangers which have adapted well in the UK, they are best as free-ranging birds on smallholdings, farms and estates or can be kept in a large aviary style enclosure. Happy enough to free-range throughout the day, the fowl can be trained, with time to then come back to a shed or barn house to roost. It is best to try and get your guinea fowl as young as you can so that they become familiar with your surroundings and do not fly off, especially if you want them semi-wild to free range throughout the day but to come back to roost at night, new young birds are best kept in an enclosure for the first few weeks so they get use to their new roosting home before you let them free-range. We keep our selling guinea fowl in large free to fly barns so they do not become attached with our farm and try to return once in their new environment.
They do not tend to make good mothers or sitters, we find it is best to take eggs away to incubate or put under a broody chicken. Incubation time is 28 days and young are pretty much reared in the same way as chicks – starting with the crumb feeder They need to be kept under a heat lamp until they feather up completely – so around 4-5 weeks of age and can be reared outside (depending on time of year, warm sunny days are best) in enclosed safe runs.
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 pellets will be appreciated by laying birds and the occasional handful of corn will persuade the birds to keep close and familiar 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 in Summer to late autumn months. Their eggs are round at the ends and pointy at the bottom and speckled. The eggs have a hard shell.
Guinea Fowl eggs are great 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.