When my father-in-law told us of a friend of his who was hatching out guinea keets and asked us if we’d be interested in getting any… for FREE!… we were like, “Are you kidding me? Heck yeah!!” We’ve been wanting to get some for a while, but nobody around here sells them, and we didn’t want to deal with mail-order, so this was wonderful!!
We picked them up one day last week. Aren’t they adorable?! I was surprised at how cute they are, ’cause man are they ugly when they’re grown!
We’re keeping them in a rabbit hutch until they’re a little bigger and can fend for themselves free ranging. They’re known for being great at killing mosquitoes and ticks, along with other garden pests (without scratching everything up like chickens do).
They’re also known for being like guard dogs, making extremely loud noises when somebody comes up to the house. It’ll be funny to see what they sound like and how loud they get!
Oh, and I’ve heard they lay great tasting eggs. I’m hoping I’m able to find where they lay! I can’t wait to let them get to work!
What a blessing it was to get these little guys. I have no idea how many are male and how many are female. I don’t even know if they grow combs like roosters to tell them apart. Guess I’ve got some reading to do!
The guy who gave them to us also said he’d give us a baby steer he’s tired of dealing with.
Just give it to us!
*Sigh* If only we had the room. Man, what I wouldn’t do to be able to bring it home!!!
So, any of you have any experience with guineas you’d like to share with me?? I’m excited to have a new kind of animal on the homestead!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.