Breeds of Chicken
Breeds of Duck
Breeds of Geese
Predators and control
Who we are
Jokes and stories
Pictures of our birds
Sources of birds
Selling eggs and meat
Moulting - feather loss
Pages collated by
Jill Bowis of
started November 1999
Sci. Agriculture. Poultry
These pages are being made
up from the wealth of practical and technical knowledge that can be found
on the newsgroup. None of the topics are finished - they probably
never will be - we always have something to learn. If there is something
you wnat to know that is not here - get on the group and ask - they are
a really friendly group and no question is too simple - and hopefully if
it is complicated someone will be able to help find the answer. The group
is made up from all walks of poultry keeping from 2 birds in the city to
commercial egg and meat producers - and from all over the world.
GUINEA FOWL - QUAIL
Does anyone know if the eggs
of guinea hens are edible?
All eggs are eggs. That means
Guinea eggs are quite tasty
Also, does anyone know anything
about guinea eating ticks?
Yes - in africa they do eat
ticks if they can get hold of them, in fact they eat pretty well anything!
I am looking for someone who
can help me sex my guineas. They are equally ugly (though I am sure
their mother doesn't see it that way) and the only difference I have been
able to discern is that one of them has a single white feather on each
wing. They are both about 4 1/2 pounds, have the same foot coloring
(mottled brown/bright orange-yellow). Neither one seems to
be dominant, and as far as my feeble human ears can tell, they sound the
same. They are about 4 1/2 months old, I haven't found any eggs yet
( I don't even know when they are supposed to start laying). When
I handle them one is more aggressive than the other.
I was wondering where I would
be able to get hold of about a dozen fertile pheasant or grouse eggs, with
the purpose of hatching them under a broody hen and raising them for us
Q - Murray McMurray sells
them for $43.25 for 25 eggs, and these were going for $1.50 each, last
I checked. You can get chicks for $3.59 each through McMurray, and
I'm sure someone local would have them for less. As for grouse, I
understand they're very hard to find, and are very hard to raise
(not recommended for beginners--much to the chagrin of my husband).
You can order pheasant eggs
from some hatcheries, just have to do it in season. It may be that
you have to order a certain amount--I don't know. I believe (and
this is not gospel) they lay in spring/summer
only. Murray McMurray
ships them May-June, don't know who other suppliers are.
I don't know how easy/hard
it is to hatch them under a broody hen, sorry.
Q - Townline Poultry Farm
here in Michigan sold day-old pheasant chicks for $1.30 each last
spring. No shipping or handling if you picked them up at the local feed
store when they had "Chick Day". All they have is the common "Ring-Neck"
but they are a nice looking bird when full grown. If you get more than
12 here in Michigan you have to get a permit from the DNR.
We've got 5 guineafowl of
undertermined sex. When are they likely to start laying? as far as I know
they haven't yet. Anyone got any hints and tips on the breeding of guineafowl.
Guineas should start laying
in late spring early summer. (mine haven't started yet) You say undetermined
sex. Guineas are quite easy to sex once they have reached seven weeks or
so. Listen to the voice. Females are the ones that make that annoying two
tone noise that sounds just like an old cartwheel turning on a rusty axel.
( Ker Klark or Buckwheat) Males never make this noise, just
a one tone warning cry (the females can make this noise as well)
The females will try to steal
a nest away in the most inaccesable place they can find, usually in large
piles of nettles, brambles or somesuch. They lay very large clutches with
several hens sharing one nest if they can. Watch for the male he will stand
guard near where she is laying, its a good clue as to where the nest is.
Best to take the eggs and
hatch under a broodie hen.
Baby Guineas are the sweetest
chicks ! They are really adorable, its a shame they grow up ;-) They get
VERY fond of their foster mother and will follow her for months...in my
case I still have one that remembers she was hatched out by a Light Sussex
hen two years ago and always rushes up to every Light Sussex to say hello!
If they were hatched under
a broodie and followed her into the hen house at night you might be lucky
and find they will lay in a nestbox. I have had this happen. but its not
Grove Farms specializes in supplying gamebird hatching eggs to the Beginner
and Gamebird Hobbyist