They’ve finally hatched!! Tiny fuzzy squishy fluffballs dripping with cuteness. They beckon me from the spare room with itty bitty peeps and fuzzy nuzzles. I resist the urge to chew on them. What’s with that anyways? Why do I always want to chew on adorable little things? Is it just me? Is there some evolutionary advantage to that instinct? *Nomnomnom*
Regardless, now that Bernie and Hen Solo are finally laying eggs and are part of the main flock and Piper is all happy in her new bully-proof coop, I must admit to succumbing to a little bit of the empty nest blues. So I called upon my friend over at East County Zoo. If you live in the Southern California area and are looking for an amazing breeder, look no further than Aaron over at East County Zoo! Every bird I’ve got from him has been happy, healthy and shiny! Just look at these cuties!!!
I was drawn to getting guinea fowl for a few reasons. Firstly, they make excellent alarm systems for any wayward predators that are nearby. They activate the alarm with rather loud calls, then my head of security (Sasha the HuskyLab) will be dispatched. Release the hounds!
They also are amazing at ridding an area of pests. They really love ticks especially and will remove tons of them from any property. They don’t do a lot of scratching or eating of newly planted veggie gardens. Which is something my chickens don’t seem to have any problem with. They adore unkempt pathways and garden beds. Jerks.
If you’re thinking about adding some more animals to your homestead, consider getting a few guinea fowl. These unique, slightly bizarre-looking birds are loud and can act as an alarm of sorts on the homestead. They’re also known for their impressive tick-decimating skills and can help with pesticide-free pest management. To learn more about guinea fowl including how to raise them, what to feed them, and how to care for them, check out this article from Insteading.com.
They also look crazy as all get up! Remind me of the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal. Here’s an adult Pearl guinea fowl.
Containing these beasts won’t be easy as they are full flyers!
They love to roost high up in the trees as well so I’m anticipating not seeing them too much. They are supposed to stick close to the coop if raised there from a young age and they’ll always remember where their food and water come from. Although, I’m told that most of their diet consists of wild-caught insects and not the typical layers pellets that my chickens get. Time will tell how often I get to see these bald weirdos.
Having said that, I too am a bald weirdo so I’m imagining that we will get along swimmingly! Prepare yourself for an onslaught of cute baby photos in the interim!