Dog Breed Info Center(R) DBIC

What's a Guinea?

A white guinea bird is standing on grass looking down.

Tired of blood-sucking ticks biting you and your pets? Wish there were less ticks around your home? Why not get yourself some guineas? What are guineas, you ask?

Close up - A tick is in a person's ear and there is a hand lifting the ear up to expose the tick.

Dog tick sucking the inside of a dog's ear

Guinea fowl originated in West Africa and look similar to turkeys. The diet of these birds, when full grown, consists of 90% insects with one of their favorites being the tick. Guineas walk around pecking the ground like drill sergeants eating any insect they come across. Many people use them for gardening and for controlling the tick population. They also make good watch birds, as they will holler at anyone approaching the property with whom they are unfamiliar.