Keeping Guinea Fowl as Pets
What you need to raise guinea fowl
It is best to purchase your guinea fowl as keets (babies). Guineas are wild animals that need to be tamed and taught where home is. If you choose to purchase adult guineas you will need to keep them in confinement for at least the first 6 weeks in order to teach them where "home" is or they will fly off in search of their last home.
Before your keets arrive you will need to prepare. For the first 2 weeks your very young keets will need to live indoors in a cage or cardboard box (until they start to jump out); this is called their brooster. Keets are hatched at 99.5 degrees. However, after they are hatched the temperature must be kept at a steady 95 degrees using a heat lamp. Take care to monitor the temperature below the lamp. It is a good idea to have a thermometer handy to monitor the temperature. Experiment before your keets arrive and get a good idea of the temperature the lamp keeps before your keets arrive. If the temperature is too hot, raise the lamp. If the temperature is too cold, lower the lamp. If your keets are all huddled together, they are too cold, if you keets are all spread far apart, they are too hot. When the keets turn a week old, lower the temperature by 5 degrees.