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What do you feed a guinea fowl?

Last Updated: 25th June, 2021

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Guineas do enjoy a little scratch feed on the ground. They like wheat, sorghum, or millet grain and will ignore whole corn kernels. If you are keeping the guineas for pest control, restricting their feed will encourage them to spend more time eating insects.

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Herein, what type of poultry feed do guinea fowl feed on?

Train the guinea fowl to feed close to home by providing a regular diet of grains and poultry feed near your poultry coop or poultry house. Guinea fowl enjoy being fed all sorts of mixed grains, including wheat and millet. Remember to also provide a high-protein poultry feed.

Subsequently, question is, do guinea fowl need a coop? Guineas Must Be Trained As mentioned earlier, guineas are not very domesticated birds. They don't actually require a coop. However, if you want them to come home and roost then they'll need a coop.

Also Know, what do you feed guinea fowl in the winter?

I feed mine a 24% protein game bird pellet as their main diet, (free choice) during the winter months, then supplement with greens and fine stem leafy alfalfa hay if they are not out free ranging and getting their own greens, and then for some extra calories and fat I also feed them some cracked corn and some sweet

Can guinea fowl eat medicated feed?

Medicated feed is OK to use for guinea keets, especially if the weather is hot and humid which encourages the growth of coccidia in the environment. Begin feeding a layer ration once the keets are 12 weeks of age.

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Can you eat guinea hen eggs?

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What are guinea hens good for?

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Do guinea fowl eat mice?

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Do guinea fowl need shelter?

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