7 Advantages of Keeping Guinea Fowl on Your Homestead

| 11/8/2016 1:06:00 PM

Tags: guinea fowl, poultry, raising livestock, animal care, weed control, fertilizers, pest control, Jennifer Poindexter, North Carolina,


Guinea fowl have an almost prehistoric appearance when they are compared to chickens and other types of fowl. Their plumage is spattered with black and white feathers on their bodies. And depending on the breed of the guinea, the face and neck feathers that they have are generally shiny and entirely black.

They have red eyes that look rather fierce as well. The helmeted guinea fowl looks the most prehistoric of all because it has a horn on top of a patch of red skin that looks just like a helmet sitting on its head. There is also a guinea that looks very similar to a vulture too. The unique attributes of this type of fowl make them an interesting addition to a farm, but their looks aren't why most people keep them. Read on for several benefits of having a flock of guineas.

Although some people are against the idea of raising guinea fowls because of their reputation for being loud, there are many of advantages that may outshine the disadvantages. Read on for several benefits of having a flock of guineas.

1. Pest Control

Guineas originate from Africa where they spend their days with rhinos who don't mind their presence at all. They pick ticks and other bugs off of their thick skin that they can't reach themselves. And in return, the rhinos offer them protection from predators that could eat them.

On a farm, they continue this behavior by eating bugs off of the ground. Some people have said that they have seen them do the same thing to farm animals too. These fowl also catch and eat small snakes and other vermin, such as rats and mice. Another positive benefit of them scavenging for pests as a food source is that they get about 90 percent of their meals this way, so it costs less to feed them than other fowl who depend on grains for food.

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