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Friendly Guineas

Our birds that free range love to come visit for a bit on the porch.

Lately, one visitor in particular has been most insistent. In fact, I think he’s spending almost all day long either chilling on the porch or hanging out near it. For sure, every time I go out, he’s there, and every time I come in, he’s peeking through the door to see what’s going on.

See, there he is! He’s even started enlisting a little lavender girl to help him keep an eye out for treats.

Back to the subject at hand. . . friendly guineas πŸ™‚ Usually guineas and the word friendly rarely appear in the same sentence. Even though they’ve been kept in captivity for literally thousands of years (Did you know, the Egyptians had incubators capable of holding thousands of guinea eggs), they’ve just never been a bird that is known for desiring human contact. Not only are they wild looking, but they’ve managed to retain quite a lot of those wild instincts from their ancestors.

We’ve had guineas for a decade now, and the closest I’ve come to being on friendly terms with them is having a few that would occasionally eat treats from my hand. Until now. . .

I don’t usually name guineas as they look so similar, but I may just have to change that for these two πŸ™‚

6 thoughts on “Friendly Guineas

  1. Some of our guineas are friendly too! Probably about 6 out of 50 so the percentage is low, but it does happen! Lol Great pictures.

    1. You know, that’s kinda close to the ratio of ours, lol. 2 out of like 13, I think. Thank you for dropping by πŸ™‚

  2. What a sweet guy! Sometimes they can surprise you. πŸ™‚

    1. They sure can πŸ™‚ Now, both of them are following us around constantly outside lol. I definitely need to name them lol. Thank you so much for stopping by.

  3. does it matter how many males you have?

    1. It can matter, but definitely not as much as it does with chickens or ducks. In fact, for several years in the beginning when we first got guineas we had an all male flock, & they got along with each other very well. However, if you have one or two females for like seven or eight males, you’re probably going to see quite a bit of territorial behavior going on.

      Some people recommend a 1:1 ratio of males to females for them, but I actually prefer 1 male for every 2-4 females as guineas aren’t completely monogamous. That doesn’t mean that I always have that many females, because I certainly don’t right now & ours get along fine together.

      No matter what ratio of males and females you do have, you probably will see the males chasing each other during breeding season. Hope this helps you, & if you have any more questions feel free to ask πŸ™‚

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