I have recently got 2 male Guinea fowl(getting 2 females soon). They have been fine and settled in well. This morning they flew from my place up to a hill in the next paddock and ran around like crazy for 10 minutes. Flew over the fence and are now roosting on a tree outside the kitchen window making a racket. I have never seen them so unsettled. Does anyone have any ideas!
This is quite normal behavior for these guys. They love to roost up high so providing a tall branch like feature within the space you want them to be is essential. They can get unsettled for any reason, even spotting a hawk from afar can set them off which is quite helpful (but noisy) or just an uneasy encounter within the flock. If they don’t hush something is certainly going on and they are letting you know.
Guinea Fowls are completely unpredictable and somehow complete Fruitcakes when it comes to disturbance of any kind.
The only good habit these "clowns" or "walking Gucci Handbags" have is that they are unbeatable when it comes to foraging Insects of any kind.
There they do an accurate job that no chicken or duck can compare with.
The rest of the day they are just Guinea Flowls.
- making alarm for any reason
- don't find any way into the fenced area even the gate is 1 feet beside them, so they make alarm again
- starting running in circles for 30 minutes without reason, and making alarm again
- or just sitting in the window and staring for 3 hrs at you laying inside on the sofa, and making after this alarm again
- you drop something or the dogs barking, well that a reason for alarm
- sitting a week on their eggs, running all of a sudden (and making alarm again) and never return to their nest, so you have to take over the hatching job.
- often they lose control by chasing an insect and flying over to the neighbor, and making alarm again
Expect the unexpected, then you start knowing your Guinea fowls...
Still I love these ugly little creatures of my dad and you get used to the noise as long the neighbors are with you...
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