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Text From Craigslist ad, April 2016

I have Guinea fowl keets (chicks) incubating, with an expected hatch date of around May 5-8. The keets (chicks) will be available around the second week of May. This is my first of 2 or more hatches expected this summer.

I do not have adult guineas for sale at this time, though I may have some later if I do not sell all of my keets.

Keet colors are primarily the dark gray Pearl variety, with a few that will be a Pied Pearl (dark gray with white underbelly). Other colors may be available, but I don't know what they will be until hatched.

Price is $5 per keet. I am asking that you make a $1 down payment using the included PayPal button, below. I am doing this to keep track of interested parties, in the order received. This puts you on a wait list and will be deducted from the total amount charged for your keets when you pick them up. The amount is refundable if you end up not getting any keets, either because I am not able to supply you with any, you get them elsewhere, or you change your mind.

Sorry, I can't specify gender, as we won't know males from females until the birds start calling, around 8 weeks of age or so.

What will you need to keep guineas? Adults will need a coop or outbuilding to protect them from predators and weather, very much like chickens. When you pick up keets, they are quite vulnerable to temperature changes and you will need the following ready when they get to home:

- Covered box (I use plastic poultry netting over mine)
- Heat Lamp and Thermometer (95 degrees first week, then drop 5 degrees per week after)
- Feeder and waterer (with marbles or pebbles to keep babies from drowning in first days)
- Turkey or wild game starter feed.

I will provide a sheet of instructions with further details when you stop by to pick up the keets. For more info, go to guineas.com and to backyardchickens.com

Why would you want guineas? Well, there is a lot of info out on the web about keeping guineas for pets or for their meat and eggs, but in Minnesota you might consider them because they are renowned bug eaters, especially Lyme Disease carrying ticks and those annoying box elder bugs. They will also help to control mice and snakes, and help protect chickens from predators. Guineas produce eggs that, while a little smaller than hen's eggs and with a harder shell, are just as good for eating. They are pretty independent and can free range (at least in the summer) and are less prone to disease than chickens. For more info, go to guineas.com and to backyardchickens.com

Why wouldn't you want guineas? They are fairly wild as a species, and they can be LOUD. You wouldn't want them if you have neighbors too close, or if you have a small property. They are not the most friendly of birds and they can be mean to younger birds. In some cases they are more friendly and sociable if raised with chickens or ducks. However, if you are unlucky enough to get several males, they can terrorize chickens, as my neighbor found out. Just so you know. For more info, go to guineas.com and to backyardchickens.com

Thanks for your interest!