If we didn’t have big dogs that would try to catch and kill the guinea, I would definitely have them here on our place in the country to help control the grasshopper and tick population! Guinea fowl get sick less than chickens. They can fly and dogs ALMOST never get them. They spend much of their time on the ground, but they can fly quite well. All six species of Guinea Fowl live in Africa, primarily south of the Sahara Desert. I'm glad I could fill in a few things for you! Once the chicks, which are called “keets”, hatch, they are pretty much on their own. The one we had visiting here has since either moved on or gone back home, we haven't seen if for a while now. They are also known for NOT being good mothers. Humans have domesticated one species, the Helmeted species. Guinea fowl were first domesticated by the ancient Romans and are still farmed to this day. :). Great hub! They are useful in scaring off snakes and many times will group together catch, kill and eat snakes. I haven't seen any around here, but we certainly have enough food for them in the surrounding landscape. It's really a shame they have such beautiful feathers and such an ugly head! The guinea hen is often referred to as a guinea fowl. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 02, 2015: Thank you Cornelia! I had a guinea try to take over my neighbor’s chicken coop once. They are good burglar alarms! I was mortified when the neighbor met me at the fence with my bird in hand. These birds are omnivores, and feed on a variety of seeds and small invertebrates. This larger bird is a ground dwelling creature that spends the majority of its time digging to find scrumptious insects and worms. We have wondered if he thinks he is a turkey or if he is just decided to go on an adventure. Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 28, 2015: Great info Sheila. Now, this species lives on farms virtually worldwide. Thanks for stopping by! The keets will … Additionally, these vocal birds help alert other fowl, like chickens, when a potential predator is nearby. You can also supplement their diet with high-protein pelleted food. I wish we could have some guinea here on our place, but with two big dogs I'm afraid the guineas would meet an ugly death. Some keep them mainly for grasshopper and tick control, which is one big reason I would like to have some! I had to go back and look at my picture, you're right he seems to be floating in air. Humans impact different species of Guineafowl in different ways. Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 08, 2015: This is great to find out more about these birds. Some species live only in forests or heavily forested regions. Uncommon guinea fowl facts Here are the 7 things that are not exactly common knowledge about guinea fowl. Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on October 20, 2015: You are so welcome, Deb! If you can overlook their rather ugly head, they are really rather beautiful birds. Interesting article. We may not find them delicious but the Guinea Fowl sure does. :), Thanks, Audrey! It’s a guinea fowl. Interesting creature. They have been known to spend hours watching themselves in the reflection from glass patio doors. Do Guinea Fowl defy gravity too? I have to stand corrected, I was told by Dr. Mark that the guinea eggs were a bit smaller than chicken eggs and I'm sure he would know. They are mostly monogamous and mate for life, but there have been occasions when a guinea will choose another mate. FlourishAnyway from USA on October 09, 2015: In a neighboring community where there is a lot of crime and drug activity people keep them for the reasons you mentioned. Here in the US, the helmeted Guinea fowl can be found in many of the warmer states of the central and southern regions. Thanks for stopping by! About 50 cm long, a guinea fowl with a typical shape has a bare face, brown eyes, red and blue beards on its beak, black plumage with white spots and a hunched posture. The guinea hen is often referred to as a guinea fowl. They are native to Africa and the most common of the Guinea fowl, the “helmeted Guinea fowl” have been introduced in many other countries around the world including the US. Two species of Guineafowl have feathered crests on their heads. However, humans have introduced one species to many different regions of the world. We have highlighted a select few species below, and discussed the most interesting tidbits about each. Here, many people raise them for food. I'm not understanding the physics of your picture up on top. Their enclosures should be quite large, and properly protect them from predators. There are six different species of Guinea Fowl, the White-Breasted, Helmeted, Black, Plumed, Crested, and Vulturine Guinea Fowl. You've taken some beautiful photos of your visitors, Sheila. For details about training and raising guinea fowl from egg through adult, you can get your own copy of the book Gardening with Guineas: A Step by Step Guide to Raising Guinea Fowl on a Small Scale from the Backyard Poultry Bookstore on page 16. Korneliya Yonkova from Cork, Ireland on November 05, 2015: Amazing hub. Guinea fowl, any of a family, Numididae (order Galliformes), of African birds that are alternatively placed by some authorities in the pheasant family, Phasianidae. Guinea fowl are rather comical birds. :). Years ago when our children were small my husband decided to keep guinea fowl as well as our hens and rooster, different kinds of pheasants and our son's pigeons. Guinea fowl get sick less than chickens. Crazy. Fast Facts about Guinea Fowl. Reproductive rates vary by species, including incubation periods, and fledging times. 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