Guinea Fowl keets- moving outside

At four weeks old I moved my keets outside and so the fun begins to train them to stay and roost in their house!

Ideally a guinea keep would be under heat for 6 weeks. I had mine inside the house under the heat lamp until four weeks old and with temperatures at around 6 degrees decided it was time to move them out.

I find buying a guinea fowl cage doesn’t actually exist? I can only ever find duck, chicken, small animal cages so I actually use a dog kennel.

They come in a range of size- so the more guineas you have the bigger kennel you can get to accommodate them. They are fairly tall so the guineas are able to easily stand and sit inside. They have a large entrance which enables the guineas to get in and out easily.  They do need some adapting so as you can see above I have added a strip of wood with a turning lock on each side and just made a door using a piece of wood and a handle.

When the keets go outside they need to get use to their new home. If you just release them they are not only small and susceptible to predators at this age, they will just try and roost and you’ll probably find they don’t return.

to get them use to coming back to roost I have set up what the home I want them to roost in and added a metal area to the outside. This is made from half an outdoor guinea pig run. The idea behind this is they get use to their home, can go in and out freely but can go no further.

I will leave them like this for a good couple of weeks whilst they are little, do not be in a rush for this process as the longer you leave them the more accustomed they will become.

My guineas had there adult feathers coming through but they are still vulnerable to the cold so make sure you put in plenty of fresh straw to keep them warm, and food and water as normal. I will leave my keets in this environment for at least two weeks before I move on to releasing them out.

 

 

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