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Guineas "Stuck" in Tree (Behavior & Training)

by adafarmgirl, Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 21:23 (74 days ago)

Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I've visited GFIA, but when browsing through the website made me realize I missed it here. My 4 guinea hens, 7 months old, fly up into a tree. One came down after 1 day, another one came down yesterday and the other 2 are still up there. I've tried everything I could think of to scare them back on the ground but they only fly higher. It's now been 6 days and it's bitterly cold in Michigan right now. I'm very worried about them when they haven't eaten or drank anything in all that time. I could really use all your advice on how to get them out of the tree. Thanks so much!

Sorry to hear that

by Barbara-NH, Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 23:37 (74 days ago) @ adafarmgirl

That's not a good situation, and I'm sure you must be very concerned. I was beside myself when a couple of our guineas ended up in our trees for only one day. Do you have snow on the ground? If so, you will need to make an area that is clear of snow for them to fly down to. Maybe spread some dark material (hay, peat moss, dirt). The best enticement to lure them down is another guinea. Their flocking instinct might kick in to give them the courage to fly down.

I wouldn't worry about your guineas not eating for 6 days, but I would worry if they have not had any water to drink. If there is snow or ice on the branches, they are probably okay as they will peck at it. Bitter cold is not good either. If they do come down, you will need to check them for frostbite.

Gosh, I hope they come down for you. I know this brutal weather is just horrid for the birds and for people, too. Please let us know how things are going.

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