Are you thinking about raising guinea fowl in your backyard? Here are six reasons why we think guinea fowl would make a great addition to your backyard family.
Guineas are like miniature tick hunters. They’ll scour your yard for those tiny, disease-carrying ticks and get rid of them before they land on your children or pets and you have to worry about things like Lyme’s disease. If you live in wooded areas with a lot of deer, you likely have a higher number of ticks than normal—raising guinea fowl can help to control the ticks in your area.
Do you have an herb garden or a pet that you’d like to protect from intruders? Guinea fowl make a great alarm system, and will definitely alert you if there’s a strange presence on your property. They’ll also attack any snakes before they can get close to your house and startle you and your family.
Even though they’re originally from Africa, they’re very hardy creatures and can handle any kind of weather, so you won’t have to go too crazy making accommodations for the birds during the winter.
Easy Additions to Your Chicken Coop
If you already have chickens, it’s easy to add guinea fowl to the mix. Guinea are very similar to chickens and require the same type of housing and care, so you won’t have to rebuild your coop or change your feed to add them to the mix. They are also very adaptable to run free and do not require man made housing as long as there are trees for them to roost in.
They’re Fun to Watch
Guinea fowl are real characters, and will provide endless entertainment for your friends and family by running around your yard making fools of themselves.
Finally, let’s not forget their delicious eggs! They are distinctly different from chicken eggs and many bakers swear by them for use in cakes and pies. Have fun cracking open a guinea egg because they have a harder shell than chicken eggs.
From the Cackling Coop!