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As the rules prune wings guinea fowl


The African chicken, the king's bird, the Pharaoh's chicken are all the names of the same bird, which is better known as the guinea fowl. Gastronomers claim that its meat is much tastier than chicken, and poultry farmers consider that it is not much more difficult to care for it than for chicken. True, there is one problem that inevitably has to be solved by any owner of guinea fowls - her excellent flying qualities. In order for the guinea fowl not to fly away from the poultry farmstead, it is necessary to resort to some means, which will be discussed below.

Is it possible to trim the guinea fowl wings

It just needs to be done. The guinea fowl, despite its impressive dimensions, flies well and may well leave the poultry yard through the air. Therefore, the poultry farmer, who wants to keep this interesting feathered, has two choices: either to cover the place of walking of the guinea fowl with a net, or to do something with its wings, so that it does not fly like that. Most often use the second option as cheaper and reliable.

How to cut

Going through trial and error, the poultry farmers finally settled on two main methods of treating guinea fowl wings for a radical deterioration of their flight qualities. However, with all the difference in these methods, they have general rules that must be strictly followed:

  1. Wing trimmed in the evening.
  2. This operation undergoes all youngsters at the same time.
  3. If the trimming of feathers is still done in one individual, then it should be deposited in a separate room.

First way

This method looks frightening, if we consider that fish cutting shears or a hot knife are used for it. And all this is directed towards a tiny creature that is not more than 5 days old.

In fact, everything is not so bad, because at this age the chicks hardly react to pain. But this method gives excellent results and lies in the fact that the upper phalanx of one wing is cut off at the chick. As a result, when the bird grows up, it will not fly away on one full-fledged wing, and its appearance suffers minimally. Wing trimming for chicks The operation itself takes place in the evening and very rapidly:

  1. The upper phalanx of the wing is clipped to the chick with scissors or a red-hot knife.
  2. The wound is burned with green, iodine or hydrogen peroxide.
  3. The chick is sent to the "team", where he joins his fellows, kuchkuetsya before bedtime and falls asleep, while not trying to peck at the wound, which he would definitely do during the day. That is why the evening is chosen.

The safety of this method is evidenced by the minimum level of fatal consequences for the operated chicks.

Second way

If for some reason the bird escaped a phalanx operation and has already grown up, starting to stand on the wing, the second method of cutting the wings is applied to it. It does not cause the guinea fowl any painful sensations, except for the natural feeling of fear, but if used carelessly it can deprive this African hen of some of its natural beauty. For this operation, you will need items in the form of:

  • sharp scissors,
  • one cloth glove to put on the guinea fowl,
  • a small rope to tie her legs,
  • gloves for the "surgeon" performing the operation.

The operation itself proceeds as follows:

  1. A glove is put on the head of the pharaoh hen, her legs are tied with a rope, and she herself is put sideways on some surface.
  2. Guinea fowl wing rises vertically.
  3. Fly feathers are cut off in a straight line so as not to disturb the aesthetic appearance of the African chicken. To maintain the same aesthetic appearance, the three small wing feathers closest to the body can be left. The rest are trimmed, but not at the very root, but with the remaining 10-centimeter stumps.
  4. The same is done with the second wing.

Video: How to prune wings to fowl

How often to trim the wings

The clipped wings of the Guinea fowl grow back again, so this operation has to be repeated again and again. Usually this happens three times a year. The operation to trim the wings in the fowls is not a very pleasant, but necessary procedure. When properly carried out, the bird itself is not subjected to great stress, and its appearance does not suffer much.

Subtleties trimming wings

When trimming the terry wings of guinea fowls, they can grow back. If both these limbs are shortened, then the bird will be able to maintain balance, having adapted, the guinea fowl will be able to take off in order to carry out the flight through the fence.

Tip: The best option is to stop the guinea fowls of the wing of one wing to choose from when the bird is still young. Correctly carry out trimming in the period of the first day of life of chicks.

At a more mature age, the operation will seem to the poultry to be a more painful procedure. It is necessary to cut exactly along the middle of the shoulder, forearm and hand. After trimming the tip of the brush to the hens before the joint, the long terry wings no longer grow.

In places where you have to cut the wings of the hens, you will need to press with a cotton swab. But if the blood still appeared, the wounds are cauterized with a solution of brilliant green.

Tip: The trimming operation should be done in the evening. She must be subjected to young at once the whole herd. In the case of individual pruning, the individual will have to be transplanted into a separate cage.

What is important in the first method of trimming?

Cutting the wings in the first way is necessary for one-day chicken hens or those who have reached five days of age. This operation is akin to amputation. It is carried out using a hot knife or kitchen scissors for cutting fish carcasses.

All the little guinea fowls in the farm cut off the first phalanx of the wing. The wound formed after the procedure must be treated with any antiseptic. The most common: iodine, hydrogen peroxide, Zelenka. Operable intervention is carried out before the czarians will pile up and fall asleep, so they will not pay attention to the wounds and peck at them. It is recommended to remove the phalanx on one wing. Having applied the first method, it is not necessary to deprive the adult Guinea fowls of a beautiful plumage. The risk of losing livestock is minimal.

How to produce pruning wings of the king's second method?

The technique of how to trim the wings of a bird that has already grown or is just becoming on the wing has become very popular in the poultry industry. For guinea fowls, the procedure is not painful, although outwardly the birds become less beautiful.

Before starting trimming, choose one of the wings, which will have to be turned 100 degrees. It is necessary to trim only the first order of feathers, terry. Ten centimeter skin stumps will remain. Processing feathers is not required. These procedures should be practiced three times a year. Actions produce as soon as the wings grow back.

Which of the methods of trimming the wings of the king, to choose, decide the owners. It should be remembered and taken into account that the adult bird from a distant exotic country is shy and rather noisy, in the first days of its life the chicks are more silent.

In the cry of a birdie, her condition and what she wants at the moment is reflected and communicated to the owner. Up to twenty-eight weeks of age, the cries of birds speak of hunger, pain, or call for the game. In this case, the males have a sharper voice intonation.

After the onset of puberty, screams can also express discontent of the males towards females and the love of females towards males. Caesarians and guinea fowls, sometimes, can not talk over each other.

Do not forget to trim the wing tassels, and then all your youngsters will scatter. Up to five months of age, the sexual characteristics of Guinea fowls are poorly expressed, which makes it difficult to determine the male and female. Note that you need to choose a male for the parent flock from the older brood, that is, he must be older than the females.

The distinguishing features of a male from a female at the age of five months are as follows.

  • The bones of the females at this age already diverge.
  • Females harder and larger.
  • Males have a larger head.
  • Males in brood is usually 60%.

Five to six males are left for 20 females. The rest is slaughtered. At this age, their meat tastes better than that of adults.

The egg-laying of females begins at eight months, and depends on the seasons of the year. During this time, guinea fowl, depending on the breed and conditions of detention can carry them up to 140 pieces.

You can feed them using the same technology as the laying hens. For vitaminization and variety of feed added

  • garden vegetables,
  • chopped grass
  • various food waste,
  • protein supplements in the form of snails, worms, insects, they get themselves when grazing.

As for the Colorado potato beetle, they should be taught this dish.

Methods of teaching guinea fowls to eating the Colorado beetles

Addiction to such food occurs gradually. Therefore, it is not necessary to force events. The main thing in this business is your perseverance and not disgust. So, the stages of schooling.

  • Collect the Colorado beetles themselves.
  • Then explain them.
  • Add to a large amount of food so that the additive is invisible.
  • Repeat the procedure for many days, gradually increasing the additive.
  • When they get used, add whole beetles to the feed.

After such preparation, they themselves will look for bugs in your potato field.

As you can see, the guinea fowl is a necessary, profitable, useful bird for any compound. But, unfortunately, in the economic struggle with the chicken she lost. Before slaughter, it grows longer, eggs begins to carry later, therefore, the feed eats more. As a result, amateur poultry breeders completely forgot it. And in vain, because

  • no bird will give you such useful eggs
  • will not have such a tasty, similar to “bourgeois” pheasant, dietary meat,
  • will not destroy the pests of your garden, while maintaining a safe fit,
  • will not perform security functions on your site,
  • and just to please you with its exotic look.