Evaluating Management Systems and Exploring Marketing Outlets for Guinea Fowl as a Healthier Alternative to Chicken and Duck Meat and Eggs

Project Overview

FNC17-1072
Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2017: $7,476.00
Projected End Date: 01/30/2019
Grant Recipient: Bryant Family Farms LLC
Region: North Central
State: Wisconsin
Project Coordinator:
Nicholas Bryant
Bryant Family Farms LLC

Commodities

  • Animals: poultry
  • Animal Products: eggs, meat

Practices

  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, feed/forage, feed rations, grazing - rotational, housing, livestock breeding, meat processing, meat product quality/safety, stocking rate
  • Farm Business Management: farm-to-restaurant, farmers' markets/farm stands, marketing management

    Summary:

    The Guinea Fowl project has made it almost through the first winter, with Hens getting ready for first year of Egg Production for both fertile eggs and edible egg consumption. All but 15 Roosters were processed at Twin Cities Pack in Clinton WI. Roosters averaged 3.7lbs per bird. The remaining Guinea Roosters will be the breeders for the Hens which I’ll incubate 3-400 eggs in 2018. 

    The bitter cold snap that we experienced during winter of 2018 brought a hard hit to the guinea population where I lost 85 birds. I Will be spray foam insulating the coop during spring/summer of 2018 to insure warmer temperatures in the coop for winter of 18-19. 

     

    Project objectives:

    Guinea Keets on delivery
     

    yurt structure
    guinea brooder
    Yurts on Pasture
    Guinea coop
    Processed product

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.