Royal Purple Guinea Keets are one of the most beautiful Guinea breeds. Its plumage is a dark black color with a unique, iridescent purple sheen, with its wing feathers lightly spotted white. The dark color of the feathers hides the appearance of dirt and dust, maintaining a pristine look. These birds are one of the most overlooked allies you can have in your garden, orchard or pasture for their helpfulness in reducing the insect population, including ticks. Lively and alert, Guinea Keets will let you know when something is amiss in their territory, and they will make a lot of racket. They are calm and gentle toward their owners when raised from keets and are known for their unique ornamental value. After the keets have grown past two weeks old, they are one of the hardiest domestic fowl.
Guinea Keets originated in the dry regions of Africa, and were introduced to the United States before the Civil War. The demand for Guinea Hens is increasing as they are becoming known for their tender, lean meat. The breeding stock of Guinea Fowl were imported directly from France. This French Guinea breed is often raised for meat as the birds grow considerably faster than other guinea varieties and are about 2 pounds heavier than the common Guinea Fowl. Their dark meat is demanded by many restaurants.
- Weights: HenL 3-4 lbs Cock: 4-5 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Egg Laying and meat; Exhibition
- Color of Eggs: Dark and Spotted
- Egg Production:Good, between 60-100 from March to August
- Egg Size: Small
- Temperament: Active
- Broody: Setters
- Country of Origin: Western Africa
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the Standard of Perfection