Saturday, May 02, 2015

Guineas



These two little feathered creatures followed Maggie up into the yard as she was bringing us the paper yesterday. No they were not afraid of her but acted as if she was a guiding light. After I took Maggie inside for her treats (payment for doing her job), I rushed back outside with camera in hand. I was overjoyed that these little Guineas were still doing their work and riding me of bugs in the yard. The photos are not that great as the little birds have a habit of continual movement. These were much larger than the one's my Pa had so today I pulled up facts on google which were provided by a farmer in Gainsboro, TN., Gail Damerow. Funny as that is very close to where my grandparents ancestors were from. 
Anyway, these are Helmeted Guineas and must be hybrid because a mature female weights 3 pounds and a mature male weights in at only 4 pounds. Therefore, my memory of smaller birds was correct. 
I have begged for Guineas and chickens but I have been denied the pleasure of having them because they would be too much work and predators would eat them. NOT Guineas and the free range ones are used to keep pest and bugs out of your area. I knew we never had bugs or ticks growing up and now I know why. GUINEAS. 
The Kitty Justice is to get some Chemical free bugger. GUINEAS. 

5 comments:

Changes in the wind said...

Happy they came:)

Adullamite said...

Lovely stuff and a great way to keep the bugs down!

Lady Di Tn said...

Monica
I really really hope they stay and maybe I can get a dozen keets next spring with a house for them to roost.
Peace

Adullamite
They purpose in life is to eat bugs so I think I need more of them. Their feathers are just simply gorgeous. Peace

Lee said...

I love guinea fowl. There are a couple that wander through this property every now and then from another property over the way. They are supposed to keep ticks at bay...so they're always welcome as far as I'm concerned.

They also chase snakes away, too...or at least make lots of noise to alert of their whereabouts.

Lady Di Tn said...

Lee
I am working on the gang on the hill to let me get some keets next spring. Wish me luck. Knew about the bugs but not snakes. Thanks and Peace