GUINEA FOWL

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Posted by Gordon | Posted in News | Posted on 20-05-2011

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KEETS

 

Our garden flock continues to grow.  I was planning to talk about our chickens today and the many benefits our garden experience enjoys from our husbandry but that blog has been usurped by today’s additions.

We discussed the advantages of guinea fowl in a garden environment a couple months ago.  Their diet consist of mostly insects and a little small seed. They do not like large seed (corn) nor do they scratch the earth destroying the garden looking for food.  They are good partners with the garden.    I would much prefer their gleaning the undersides of the cabbage for worms than to do it myself.  A wonderful added advantage of having guinea fowl is that they wage war on the tick population.  I will occasionally find a small “seed” tick crawling on me after working in the garden which is an experience I would prefer to miss considering the nile and spotted mountain fevers they harbor.  The bird is somewhat wild and has a better chance of surviving the hawks and raccoons they encounter when free ranging than do chickens.  They are raucous watchdogs and will announce any intruder’s approach whether a snake, dog or human.

I was given 18 guinea fowl eggs from a friend (Jim Jeffcoat of www.singingoakesgarden.com) a month ago.   I was planning to place then under a partridgerock hen (the best brood hens available) but the hen would not cooperate so I had to go to another friend and ask her to incubate the eggs in her incubator.  This she did and today the 12 keets that hatched made it to our garden.   I will grow them to adults and keep a male and two hens in with the chickens to reproduce and replace our losses as the rest deal with the predators.

 

Our blog now has a streaming notice board where we can add short-term messages for all to read.  John is going to teach me how to use it and I will start using it soon. I will mention things like:  Weeding is needed in all raised beds.  Potatoes are really good.  You can harvest them as needed by carefully prodding the soil around the plants.  Peas are a success as one can scarcely find any that haven’t been picked.  We will have to plant more next year (or fall).  Davis, you and I need to install the netting on the outside of the Kentucky Wonder bed to keep the deer from eating them as they grow up the fence.  We need to separate the three types of basil into individual plants to be placed throughout the garden.  Things we can still plant – okra, winter squash, pumpkins, corn, radish, onion (bulbs), eggplant.

Additionally, Chris has a digital video camera that we need to add some streaming video footage to the blog.  Chris, why don’t you create a one minute video tour of the garden as an introduction and statement of its current condition.

Here are some links to guinea fowl sites:

http://www.guineafowlinternational.org/forum/index.php

http://www.guineafowl.com/fritsfarm/guineas/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wki/guineafowl

GORDON

 

Comments (1)

Guineas will be a nice addition, we had them on the farm when I was a kid. I put orders from the grand poobah on the announcements. I have removed “Register” from Meta because we don’t want everyone in the word to be able to register. If you help with the garden and want to register just let Gordon or me know. If you are not registered you are missing some of the features.

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