"We must achieve the character and acquire the skills to live much poorer than we do. We must waste less. We must do more for ourselves and for each other. It is either that or continue merely to think and talk about changes that we are inviting catastrophe to make. The great obstacle is simply this: the conviction that we cannot change because we are dependant on what is wrong. But that is the addict's excuse, and we know that it will not do."
—Wendell Berry

Friday, 23 December 2011

Guinea fowl

The light is for warmth but it also brings the occasional moth. Yum.
A couple of posts ago I mentioned that the guinea fowl eggs had begun hatching in the incubator. Well all but one egg hatched. I must say I am quite enchanted by these little blokes. Unlike chicks, guinea fowl Keets are quite tough and independent. In just one day they were fully mobile and roaming the brood box hunting any insect foolish enough to fly in. 
Nap time.

We are trying to build up the guinea fowl flock. Not only do we just plain like them but they also have multiple uses around the farm such as tick control and eating insects in the veggie garden.
As guinea fowl are great fliers and will wander long distances I thought it prudent to see the neighbours before we brought any in. As it turns out both neighbours were all in favour of having a flock of guineas around. One already had a small flock of her own and the other had fond memories of guinea fowl from Africa. I am given to understand that the flocks will often combine during the day as they roam about but they will divide up to go to their respective homes each evening. We shall see. I also understand Guinea fowl are delicious.

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