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New GFIA Trifold Brochure

February 21, 2017 at 03:45 AM


We have updated the trifold brochure we hand out at the Mother Earth News Fairs. Please feel free to download the brochure and make copies to hand out to anyone who might be interested in guinea fowl or in learning more about our organization. Let's spread the word about the joys and benefits of keeping guinea fowl!

New GFIA Trifold Brochure (PDF document, 1.33 MB)


2016 GFIA Auction Results

October 23, 2016 at 03:34 PM


Here are the winning bids (and bidders) for our 2016 Silent Auction held at the eFlea Charity Auction website. It was a great success! We'd like to thank all of the participants and offer congratulations to each of the highest bidders. Thank you so much for supporting GFIA! We hope you enjoy your auction wins!

Arts & Crafts:
Embroidered "Guinea Fowl Enthusiast" Shirt - $28 (Nancy)
Guinea Carving - $25 (Kristina)
Guinea Feather and Glass Ornaments - $12 (Nancy)
Guinea Fowl Placemats - $48 (Wilma)
Guinea Fowl Wall Hanging - $60 (Bennie)
Guinea Mom and Keets Wall Hanging - $6.50 (Zoe)
Pearl Guinea Wall Hanging - $10 (Barbara)

Artwork:
1834 Helmeted Guinea Fowl Hand-colored Engraving - $30 (Danise)
Ann Gilbert Print: "Three Old Giddies" - $65 (Leslie)
Glass Pumpkin: Blue/Green - $25 (Marlisa)
Glass Pumpkin: Orange Highlights - $12 (Katie)
Guinea Fowl Stained Glass Panel - $70 (Bennie)
Penny Meakin Print: "Quiet Time" - $60 (Bennie)
Pottery Bowl - $14 (Jennifer)
Pottery Teapot - $12 (Jennifer)
Robin Gorton Pastel: "Guinea Portrait - Thorn" - $20 (Bennie)
Robin Gorton Pastel: "The Committee - Guinea Fowl" - $21 (Mary)
Robin Gorton Pastel: "Vulturine Hybrid - Jane" - $50 (Jane)
Robin Gorton Pastel: Another "Guinea Portrait" - $25 (Bennie)
Robin Gorton Print: "Curiosity - Guinea Keets" (#1 of 2) - $20 (Carl)
Robin Gorton Print: "Curiosity - Guinea Keets" (#2 of 2) - $5 (Ruby)
Robin Gorton Print: "Guinea Portrait" (#1 of 2) - $21 (Nancy)
Robin Gorton Print: "Guinea Portrait" (#2 of 2) - $14 (Ruby)

Books and Magazines:
Guinea Fowl as Pets - $18 (Jessie)
Guinea Fowl Book - $25 (Nancy)
Guinea Fowl Cookbook (en francais) - $2 (Jane)

Collectables:
Ceramic Chicken Salt & Pepper Shakers - $4 (Ruby)
Clear Glass Hen on Nest - $6 (Barbara)
GFIA Commemorative Mug - $25 (Bennie)
Milk Glass Hen on Nest - $10 (Nancy)
Vintage Opalescent Hobnail Glass Vase - $3.25 (Marlisa)
Wooden Box with Nesting Hen - $3 (Kristina)

Home and Garden:
Guinea Crossing Sign - $28 (Carl)
Guinea Fowl Crossing Signs (quantity = 2) - $32.50 (Carolyn)

Jewelry:
Earrings - $7 (Wilma)


Silent Auction to benefit GFIA

October 2, 2016 at 12:10 AM


Please join us for the 2016 Guinea Fowl International Auction to be held online at the eFlea Charity Auctions website. Bidding will open at 3:00 PM (US/Eastern) on Monday, October 3, and close at 6:00 PM (US/Eastern) on Sunday, October 16.

We already have more than 30 items listed - some general interest items along with many that are guinea-related. THANK YOU for all of the generous donations we've received from several of our members (forum, Facebook group, and GFIA association members). There are quite a few artist creations - prints, pastel paintings, wall hangings, crafts, stained glass, and lots more. We couldn't do it without you!

GFIA is now a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization. All of the money raised will go directly to fund our educational efforts, public events, and research projects. Guinea Fowl International is staffed solely by volunteers who receive no compensation for their work.

Registration for the auction is easy. Instructions on how the auction works and how to register can be found on the auction page under the tab "Auction Info." Register NOW so you can be ready to place your bids when bidding opens on Monday, October 3. You can register anytime before or while the auction is active.

Click on the link below to register for or view the 2016 Guinea Fowl International Auction:

guineas2016.eflea.ca

THANK YOU, in advance, for your support!


Best Time to Join GFIA!

September 13, 2015 at 12:37 AM


Do you know when is the best time to join Guinea Fowl International? The answer is: During the month of September! That's because members who join from September 1 through the end of the year will not have their memberships expire until the end of the following year. That's 4 extra months of GFIA membership at no extra cost! Discounted rates to attend our conference could apply to two of our conferences (if the conference is held in the Fall - like it is this year), plus you should receive an extra issue of our newsletter (the one that is usually issued late in the year). So... What are you waiting for?

Join GFIA NOW!


August 2015 Newsletter

August 28, 2015 at 01:29 AM


Our latest issue of Buck-Wheat Bytes has been sent out to all GFIA members. If you have not received your copy by September 1, and you are a GFIA member, please use our General Question Contact Form found at guineas.com/contact/general.php to let us know.


Guineas in the News - Audubon Magazine

February 7, 2015 at 02:13 AM


Guinea fowl are mentioned in an article published in the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of the Audubon Magazine. The article, titled Which Came First: the Dinosaur or the Bird?, can be found online at the Audubon.org website.

Which Came First: the Dinosaur or the Bird?


It's Membership Renewal Time!

January 17, 2015 at 02:28 AM


All GFIA memberships expire at the end of each calendar year unless you joined after September 1, in which case your membership will continue through the end of the year you joined and continue until the end of the following year. You can expect to receive at least 3 issues of our Buck-Wheat Bytes newsletter, no matter when you join. If you haven't already done so, please renew your membership now. GFIA is a nonprofit organization that is staffed entirely by volunteers, but we depend on membership dues to help pay for our website, publication of our newsletters and membership directories, advertising, membership materials, and compensation for speakers at our annual conferences. Please go to: guineas.com/membership/renew.php and fill out the easy renewal form to renew your GFIA membership for 2015. THANK YOU!


It's Official - We have a new Website Address!

January 5, 2015 at 04:22 PM


We have officially changed the GFIA's website address to Guineas.com. All of our old URLs point to the new address, so all of them should still work to get you here. Guineas.com is easy to remember and easy to enter with your keyboard! We are still Guinea Fowl International, but we have always been all about GUINEAS. We hope the domain name change is a good one for all of our valued members and website visitors.


November 2014 Issue of GFIA Newsletter is Now Available Online

January 5, 2015 at 04:07 PM


The latest issue of Buck-Wheat Bytes can be downloaded from our GFIA Newsletters page.


Save the Dates! September 19-21, 2014

July 15, 2014 at 02:03 AM


That's when Guinea Fowl International will be holding its Ninth Annual Guinea Fowl Conference in conjunction with the Eastern Ohio Poultry Association's (EOPA) Poultry and Pigeon Show at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge, Ohio, USA.

Please go to our GFIA Conferences page to learn more!

(Please note that Friday, September 19, has been added to our original conference dates to allow more time for scheduled seminars and events.)


Latest GFIA Newsletter is Now Online!

July 15, 2014 at 12:11 AM


The May 2014 issue of Buck-Wheat Bytes is now available online. Each of our members should have received a copy via either postal mail or email, whichever delivery method was selected. If you are a GFIA member and your copy has not yet been delivered, please let Cindy know, and we will try again to send your copy out to you.

Click here (PDF document, 700 KB/4 pages) to download a copy for viewing online, or feel free to print out a copy to read later.

Previous issues of the newsletter are also available online as PDF documents and can be downloaded from the GFIA Newsletters section of the website.


Our new website URL

April 23, 2014 at 11:43 PM


The Guinea Fowl International Association website is now found at: guineafowl.international

All of our other website addresses (including www.guineafowlinternational.org and www.guineas.com) will continue to work indefinitely. If you use one of those URLs, you will be forwarded to the new address; so you shouldn't need to update your bookmarks or any links to this site, unless you want to, of course.


December 2013 Buck-Wheat Bytes now online!

January 8, 2014 at 03:07 AM


The December 2013 issue of the GFIA newsletter is now available for download on our website! All GFIA members should have received their copy in the mail by now. The 2013 GFIA Membership Directory was also sent to our members only. When you renew your membership for 2014, you will have the option of receiving future newsletters and the directory by either postal mail or by email. Just let us know which way you prefer.

Anyone can download a copy of this latest newsletter or any of our newsletters by clicking this link:

GFIA Newsletters


Guineas in the News - South Australia, Australia

December 10, 2013 at 06:38 PM


A guinea fowl has been wandering the streets of Semaphore, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, since 2011. Some are concerned it may be injured and are trying to capture it so it can be brought to a vet for treatment. You can read about "Perky" in this article at the Herald Sun News website:

Semaphore residents rally around rogue guinea fowl


Have You Recently Tried to Apply for Membership?

June 11, 2013 at 02:49 PM


If you encountered an error when submitting your membership application or membership renewal, we'd like you to know that we believe the error has now been corrected. Please try again to submit your new membership or renewal form. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Guineas in the News - California, USA

April 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM


A guinea fowl that has been seen wandering around the streets of Vallejo, California, is making the news. You can read about it at the Times-Herald website.

Look guys -- it's the ... Guinea fowl?


2013 Conference Registrations Now Being Accepted!

February 19, 2013 at 07:13 PM


Come join us for the GFIA's 8th Annual Conference to be held this year on March 15, 16, and 17, in Poteau, Oklahoma, USA. Online registrations (with payment via PayPal) are now being accepted; or, if you prefer, you can mail in your registration form.

Go to our Conferences page to register for the conference or to learn more.


Guineas in the News - Iowa, USA

February 8, 2013 at 01:29 PM


You can read about the guinea fowl that have been wandering about the campus at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, USA, in this article found at the IowaStateDaily.com website.

Guinea fowl thought to be student prank


Guineas in the News - Texas, USA

October 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM


Geraldine, the guinea fowl from Austin, Texas, USA, has made the news and even has her own Facebook page. You can read about the concern the neighborhood has for her welfare in this article found on the wlfi.com website.

Ruffled animal feathers on Austin road

You can also learn more on Geraldine's Facebook page:

Geraldine the Rainey Street Guinea Fowl


Guineas in the News - Ghana

August 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM


The project known as "Enhanced Guinea Fowl Production in the Three Northern Regions of Ghana" has been given a boost by the donation of $350,000 from the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization). You can read about the project that hopes to triple the production of guinea fowl in the region over the next three years in this article found on the allAfrica.com website.

Ghana: FAO Assists Ghana to Increase Guinea Fowl Production


Guineas in the News - Massachusetts, USA

August 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM


This article found on the WGBH News website discusses the role of guinea fowl in combating black-legged ticks (commonly called deer ticks) in the New England, USA, area.

Innovations to Fight New England Ticks, Pt. 1: It Takes an Ecosystem


Guineas in the News - New York, USA

July 14, 2012 at 08:32 AM


Sales of guinea fowl (keets and adults) are going strong in the Northeast USA partly because of reports that guinea fowl will help control ticks that are responsible for Lyme disease. You can read about the boom in guinea fowl sales in this article on the New York Post website:

A bull market in guinea hens


Guineas in the News - Ghana

July 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM


A new project has been announced for training young men and women in Ghana in the various aspects of guinea fowl rearing. The initiative is a joint venture of the Asongtaba Cottage Industry and the National Youth Employment Programme and is expected to involve about 2,000 youth.

You can read about the project in these articles found at the Ghana Government Portal and All Ghana News websites:

More Youth Encouraged To Go In To Guinea Fowl Business

Asongtaba Cottage Industry and NYEP embark on Guinea-Fowl Outgrowing Project


Guineas in the News - Texas, USA

May 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM


Another guinea fowl on the loose story... This time in Kyle, Texas, USA. Anyone in or near Kyle missing a guinea? You can read about the successful capture of this guinea on the Hays Free Press website.

Get that guinea!


Guineas in the News - New Zealand

May 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM


An escapee from a poultry show in Ashburton, NZ, caused a stir recently when it flew into a tall tree near the Asbburton racecourse. You can read this story on the Ashburton Guardian website.

Guinea sends 'em aflutter at racecourse

Here's another article about the same guinea:

Guinea fowl takes spotlight at show


Guineas in the News - Kansas, USA

March 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM


Read an amusing story about a different kind of "guinea chase" that occurred in Hillsboro, Kansas, USA, in this article found on the peabodykansas.com website.

Guinea leads Yoder on 6-day chase


2012 Conference Registrations Now being Accepted

February 15, 2012 at 12:02 PM


Plans for the 7th Annual GFIA Guinea Fowl Conference to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, are well underway. Registrations are now being accepted online or by postal mail. Go to the Conferences section on this site for complete conference details and an agenda of the seminars and events that are scheduled.

2012 Small Flock Poultry & Backyard Guinea Fowl Conference

We hope that anyone with an interest in guinea fowl can join us for what is sure to be an exciting and informative conference.

Come meet other guinea fowl enthusiasts and join in on the fun!


Latest Newsletter is Now Online

January 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM


The December 2011 issue of Buck-Wheat Bytes is now available online.

Click here (PDF document, 1.36 MB/4 pages) to download your copy for viewing online, or feel free to print out a copy to read later.

Previous issues of the newsletter are also available online as PDF documents and can be downloaded from the GFIA Newsletters section of the website.


Photo Caption Contest

December 28, 2011 at 10:29 PM


To learn more about the Photo Caption Contest announced in the December 2011 issue of Buck-Wheat Bytes, or to submit your unique idea for a caption, please go to the message that is posted on the Guinea Fowl Forum by clicking here.

UPDATE: We have a winner! The winning entry will be announced in the February 2012 issue of Buck-Wheat Bytes (already in the mail and soon to be posted online).


Guineas in the News - Norfolk, United Kingdom

December 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM


Read about how a commercial guinea fowl farm near Attleborough in Norfolk, England, is successfully raising guinea fowl for the market. The operation houses about 20,000 French guinea fowl. This article can be found on the Farmers Weekly Interactive website.

Commercial-scale guinea fowl find their niche


Guineas in the News - West Midlands, United Kingdom

December 1, 2011 at 12:42 PM


Here's an amusing little story about a guinea fowl that disrupted a staff meeting at the Dudley Zoo in the town of Dudley, West Midlands, England. You can find the article on the Shropshire Star website.

Noisy bird shown the door from top talks


2012 GFIA Conference

September 12, 2011 at 01:51 PM


The Seventh Annual Guinea Fowl International Conference will be held on Friday through Sunday, March 16-18, 2012, in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

You'll find additional information on our GFIA Conferences page which will be updated as more details become available.


Guineas in the News - Surrey, United Kingdom

June 24, 2011 at 12:52 PM


The Surrey, England, Police are looking for anyone who may have witnessed the shooting of two guinea fowl or saw anything suspicious in the Horsley Rd. area of Cobham on Thursday evening, June 16. One guinea was killed, and one is being treated for its injuries. You can read about the incident in this article found at the Get Surrey website.

Bird shoot is fowl play


Guineas in the News - South Carolina, USA

March 24, 2011 at 12:35 PM


Guinea fowl are once again the focus of a research study that aims to help humans. This study, conducted by researchers at Clemson University and the College of Charleston, sent guinea fowl out along both slippery and rough surfaces to see how they would react. Researchers expect the results will help humans, especially the elderly, to avoid falls when walking across slippery surfaces.

This article about the research study is found at the Newsroom at the Clemson University website.

Don’t shuffle on slippery surfaces, Clemson University, Charleston researchers say


2011 Guinea Fowl Conference

March 11, 2011 at 12:43 PM


Make plans now to join us for our 6th Annual GFIA Guinea Fowl Conference to be held this year in West Fork, Arkansas, USA, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 8-10. West Fork is located just outside of Fayetteville, AR.

The conference will be hosted by Terrell Spencer, Poultry Specialist with NCAT (National Center for Appropriate Technology) in Fayetteville.

Dr. Anton Reiner of the University of Tennessee, who is a specialist in bird brain anatomy, will also be speaking at the conference.

We will be updating the information about the conference as plans become finalized.

To learn more, please go to our GFIA Conferences section.


Guineas in the News - South Carolina, USA

February 6, 2011 at 01:48 PM


Two guinea fowl spotted on Murray Boulevard in Charleston, SC, prompted this charming commentary on guineas that ends with a surprise discovery. You can read the article at The Post and Courier website.

When it comes to guineas, seeing is believing


Guineas in the News - Ghana

January 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM


News that three guinea fowl hatcheries would be established in the Northern, Upper East, and Upper West regions of Ghana was announced at a workshop held in Tamale, Ghana, on Friday.

You can read about the workshop and the plans for the hatcheries in this article found at the Ghana News Agency website:

Guinea fowl hatcheries to be established in the north


Membership Renewal Time!

January 7, 2011 at 01:26 PM


Attention current GFIA members: It's time to renew your GFIA membership for 2011!

If your renewal is already "in the mail" or "in process" on our website, we thank you! Memberships are good for each calendar year, and anyone who joins after September 1 of each year continues their membership through the following year. If you haven't renewed since September 1, 2010, you need to renew NOW to continue to receive all of the benefits of membership described on our homepage or on our membership page.

The GFIA is a nonprofit organization, based in Texas, USA; and all of our officers are non-paid volunteers. All membership dues collected from our members go directly to pay for items and services (such as our website and annual conferences) essential to keeping the GFIA a viable, active organization with an Internet presence that allows for convenient interaction with the public. You can be assured that your money will be put to good use to help educate those who are interested in learning the best ways to care for backyard flocks of guinea fowl.

Renewing your membership is easy with our online membership renewal form. We accept payment via PayPal, or you can send us a check or money order.

Please renew your membership today!


Guineas in the News - Canada & Ghana

January 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM


Working through the Veterinarians Without Borders program, two University of Saskatchewan (Canada) veterinary medicine students spent time last summer in Upper Western Ghana helping villagers learn better ways to care for their guinea fowl. You can read about the project at thesheaf.com website, the online version of the University of Saskatchewan's newspaper, and also at the Veterinarians Without Borders website.

BRIEF: U Sask students help fowl farming in Ghana

Education Program - Ghana

The students kept a blog during their stay in Ghana. You can view it here:

VWB/VSF Student Project: Ghana


Guineas in the News - Uganda

December 7, 2010 at 01:52 PM


A guinea fowl farmer in Uganda claims that raising guineas is easier than raising chickens and is more profitable. Read about Hawa Mugisha's ideas on rearing guineas in this article found at the allAfrica.com website.

Uganda: Guinea Fowls More Profitable Than Chicken - Fowl Farmer


Guineas in the News - Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

December 7, 2010 at 01:33 PM


Due to a roof collapse caused by heavy snowfall, Fred Hyde of Lincoln is hoping to find new homes for his 80 chickens and 12 guineas before they fall victim to foxes and other predators. He's hoping the guineas, which are 9 months old, can all be placed together.

You can read about the "homeless" fowl in this article found at the This is Lincolnshire website:

80 chickens seek new home after heavy snowfall destroys their coop


Gift Memberships

December 1, 2010 at 11:31 AM


Looking for a holiday gift idea for someone who loves guinea fowl? How about a one-year membership in the GFIA? Single, Family, and Junior (Age 15 and under) memberships can be purchased online or by mail.

Visit our Membership page to learn more.

Junior memberships are only $5. What a great stocking stuffer for a youngster who has shown an interest in guineas!


Guineas in the News - Minnesota, USA

October 2, 2010 at 08:53 AM


Do you live in Willmar, MN? Are you missing some guineas? Then you might be interested in this article found on the West Central Tribune website. Four guinea fowl were sighted along 19th Avenue Southwest. Hopefully, they've found their way home by now.

Out for a mid-afternoon stroll


Guineas in the News - Texas, USA

September 3, 2010 at 09:40 AM


Residents in the town of El Campo, Texas, are divided concerning the fate of a flock of guineas. If anyone near El Campo has guinea fowl experience and would like to help capture the birds or has any suggestions, please contact the GFIA by emailing io@guineafowlinternational.org, and we will put you in contact with someone in El Campo who is trying to save the guineas.

This article can be found at the El Campo Leader-News website.

Outcry follows shooting of Guinea Fowl


Guineas in the News - West Midlands, United Kingdom

August 27, 2010 at 09:20 AM


Five guinea fowl keets have hatched at the Dudley Zoo. You can read about them in this article on the Dudley News website.

Camouflage begins for newborn zoo chicks


GFIA is now on Facebook!

August 14, 2010 at 09:35 AM


The Guinea Fowl International Association now has a page on Facebook where you can interact with GFIA members and other guinea fowl enthusiasts. Join us to view pictures, share stories, and ask questions! It's a great place to start your guinea fowl adventure.

Find Us on Facebook!


Guineas in the News - Connecticut, USA

August 8, 2010 at 08:55 AM


One of the problems some guinea fowl owners can face is neighbor complaints about the noise. Fortunately, most neighbors realize the bug-eating benefits of having guinea fowl around far outweigh any noise that they make. You can read about the conflict a Colchester, CT, guinea fowl keeper is having with one of her neighbors at the Norwich Bulletin website.

Colchester neighbors bicker over noisy fowl


Guineas in the News - England, UK

July 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM


A guinea fowl has been photographed while wandering in a St. Helens neighborhood, and an effort is being made to find and capture him so he can be returned to his owner. You can read about the escaped guinea on the St. Helens Reporter website.

Puzzled by guinea fowl spot


Guineas in the News - British Columbia, Canada (Update)

June 23, 2010 at 08:59 AM


An organic farmer from the farming community of Glenora, BC, is defending his right to farm as a result of a noise complaint concerning his guinea fowl that was submitted by a neighbor who lives across the street. The Farm Industry Review Board has heard the complaint and is expected to issue its ruling shortly. This article is found at the Canada.com website.

Farm Board hears fowl noise complaint

For more insight into this issue, see this article found at the Global BC website:

Fight on over farm fowl noise


UPDATE:

The Farm Industry Review Board has reached a decision about the noise complaint and has ruled in favor of the Glenora farmer. Comments on the ruling can be found in this article found on the Canada.com website.

Board rules in favour of Ferguson's fowl


Guineas in the News - Ontario, Canada

June 16, 2010 at 02:25 PM


A wandering guinea fowl, first thought to be a wild turkey, has attracted a lot of attention in a Bowmanville, Ontario, neighborhood. A breeder has left contact information with the residents of the area in hopes that she will be notified when somebody sees the elusive guinea hen again. You can read this article on the durhamregion.com website.

'Turkey' takes up residence in south Bowmanville neighbourhood


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