Can you tame a guinea fowl?

Can you tame Guinea keets?

Yes, you will need food treats and patience. Even armed with meal-worms and the patience of a saint you are unlikely to get them tame enough to sit on your lap and feed from your hand like you could with chickens. You can however train them to be tame enough to come running to you when they see you and be happy stood around your feet whilst you are out tending to your flock.

It is easiest to tame guineas when starting with day old keets. If keets are handled several times daily for long periods each time and it is kept up until they are full grown, you can produce adult guinea fowl who are just as tame as any chicken. Guineas do not like being held at all, you can try picking one up to find out yourself but wear sturdy gloves!

Below:Guinea keet being entertained.
Training must start young with keets
Guinea Fowl love the other Guinea sounds on YouTube.  Record it on your phone and play it back to them. They will go to the source so if you want them in the coop play it there.

Guineas have five modes: eating, sleeping, chattering, Rushing around and screaming in terror.

What is the best way to tame guinea fowl?

Raise them with a tame hen. She will hatch they and they will get used to you and your presence and because she will come running to you when you have treats , the keets will too. As they are young they will learn much more quickly than the adults.

There's not really a lot to be said about this, just select a suitable hen and slip keets under her or let her hatch eggs. The more friendly and tame the hen, the better the guineas will be.

Training keets yourself, here's what I do:

Handle keets as often as possible beginning the day they hatch. Avoid sudden, fast movements.Use slow movements so as not to frighten young keets. If you panic them one they will always panic when they see you.

Below: Training keets can be done.
perching happens young
First get them used to your voice and pick a specific call to use whenever you feed them.  I  have a particular whistle I use whenever I throw scratch or treats. The words or noise you use as long as you use the same thing every time. Start this as early as you can and from the first time I give treats.

Taming Guinea fowl keets requires:


1. Lots of time - frequent and daily contact is needed.
2. Your voice - talking to the keets throughout the day.
3. Handling - at least 3 times a day.
4. Feed - letting the keets eat from the hand.
5. Treats - Hold a meal worm in your fingers.
6. Association - feed, water, treats, toys and amusements in set places

These things work for adults as well but they take longer and it is less likely to succeed.

I wonder if genetics has something to do with it, just as chickens were selected over the centuries to be more tame so can Guineas. So selecting tamer parent stock if able will help.

Do Guinea Fowls like people?


Like is too strong a word, tolerate if you are fulfilling their needs. They seem to be quite happy around people but only if it suits them..