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The Best French Guinea in America

What the French call "Pintade" is commonly known in America as Guinea Fowl or Guinea Hen. Most American-raised guineas are tough and gamey, because they're bred to protect farms from pests and predators - not for the culinary experience.

Joyce Farms' delicious Pintades come from a French breeding stock of the finest ISA Essor guinea fowl, and we raise them naturally on small family farms in North Carolina. That's why our Pintade Fermiere is the best-tasting guinea in America.

Delicious & Nutritious

  • Light meat bird with a robust taste
  • Flavorful alternative for chicken in any recipe
  • Higher in protein and lower in fat and calories than most other meats
  • Rich with essential fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, iron, and vitamins E, B1, and B2

Label Rouge Raising Standards

We raise our Heritage Guineas with old-world care and tradition on our small family farms using "never EVER" standards of purity. Then, we go beyond even that. We require our farmers to raise the birds using French Label Rouge guidelines.

No Antibiotics


No Hormones or Steroids


No Animal By-Products


No Artificial Ingredients


The Best Lineage

Only certain genetics are allowed. Slow-growing breeds tend to be heartier and more disease resistant for free range life than commercial breeds.

Small Houses on Small Farms

Smaller poultry houses are required than in industrial farms, and houses per farm are limited to four. This assures the care and attention of being raised by small farmers.

Access to the Outside

After six weeks of age, birds are given access to the outdoors from 9 a.m. until dusk.

Slow Growing

Birds are grown a minimum of 75 days, much longer than commercial birds.

Smaller Flock in Every House

A maximum density requirement ensures birds are allowed more room in the houses than industrial birds.

Minimum Dressed Weight

All of our birds must be at least 2.2 lbs without giblets.

The Cleanest Conditions

A minimum sanitation period of 21 days between flocks assures houses are free of disease.

Nearby Farms

To make sure birds are handled humanely and not dehydrated, they must travel no more than 2 hours or 64 miles to the processing plant.

Air Chilled

Birds are air chilled, so they are never submerged in chlorine and they are processed by hand.