December 25, 2011 5:39 PM Subscribe
Any advice on catching a guinea fowl? This is a small-turkey-sized, semi-flighted bird that really, really doesn't want to be caught.
posted by indognito to Pets & Animals (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There's a guinea fowl that's been hanging around the industrial area near a clinic where my significant other volunteers. It's been there a couple of months, alone, nowhere near any type of farm, house or caretaker. Since it's gotten cold, various people have been feeding it, but my SO and I are hoping to catch it and relocate it to a nearby farm animal sanctuary. We've tried once already and came nowhere near the bird, let alone near enough to catch it. We had a bath towel to throw over it, a large net, a large pet carrier and a mirror. (I read online that guinea fowls enjoy admiring themselves in mirrors, but apparently this guinea doesn't give a shit about what it looks like.)
Part of the problem is that we were in a very open area, and the bird would start flying as soon as either of us made any sort of move to throw a towel over it or what have you. There is a fairly busy road nearby, and I was worried we'd chase the bird into traffic. Most of what I read online concerning how to catch birds such as these suggests constructing makeshift pens, which obviously is not an option for us.