What to Feed Guinea Fowl

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Guinea fowl can be an extremely helpful addition to your homestead since they forage relentlessly for ticks and other pests. They also prefer seeds and typically leave established plants in your garden alone! (see our day old french guinea keets for sale). Since guineas are such great foragers, free ranging guineas will be almost self sufficient and practically disease free. But they still have specific dietary needs. Here’s what to feed French Guineas (which mature faster than your typical guinea fowl):

What to Feed French Guinea Fowl:

  1. Day Old Keets – 2 Months: Baby guineas are called “keets.” If you can’t find specialized guinea fowl starter feed at your local feed mill you may substitute wild turkey starter, game fowl starter, or other high protein poultry feed with 24-26% protein content.
  2. 2 Months – 3 Months: You should start to transition your guineas to a lower protein content feed. Since they aren’t growing as fast they don’t require as much protein. Use a feed with a protein content of 18%.
  3. Maturity: Use a standard poultry layer mash with 16% protein since specialized guinea fowl feed is difficult to find.

Always remember to keep fresh water available because water is a very important ingredient of a guinea’s diet, especially if it’s hot! Free ranging French Guineas will supplement their diet with bugs, grubs, seeds, and even small rodents! Supplement their foraging diet with the age appropriate feed mentioned above. Keep the feed close to their night time shelter so they learn to return to their shelter for the night. This will help prevent losses to predators.

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