Raising Guinea Fowl: A Low-Maintenance Flock

Compared to chickens, guinea fowl are low-cost and low-maintenance, and do a standout job as chemical-free pest control.



A domestic guinea hen lays seasonally, just as her wild cousins do.
Photo by Fotolia/Jamie Wilson
Of the seven species of guinea fowl, the "helmeted pearl" is by far the most common. It has a white, featherless face, bright red wattles, and gray polka-dotted feathers.
Photo by Fotolia/Martina Berg
Because guineas prefer freedom to regimentation, they have not been commercially exploited and "improved" as have chickens and turkeys.
Photo by Fotolia/Krzysztof Wiktor

















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