Friday, 9 February 2018

The Forensic Guinea Fowl

Guinea Fowl are strange looking creatures.  We have four of them.  Two in this lighter grey colour and two that are a more deep bluey grey (very on trend you know!!).  Their heads look like they've been dipped in a bucket of white paint and they have bright pink wobbly attachments underneath.  We don't know if they are male or female as they all look identical so we don't ask any question as they go about their daily business.  We expected that the four fowls would stick together and form a posse of snake protection around our property.  They're amazing to watch as they walk around the perimeters, heads downward, forensically examining every blade of grass and patch of dirt.  If they find something of interest then all hell breaks out and the screaming goes on and on.  It's the sound of someone jumping up and down on a rusty trampoline, great!!  The excitement is usually not much more than a garden hose or something that's been relocated or anything new.  One of the four has decided she's a hen and hangs with the main chook crowd all lead by our main rooster Lewis (formerly known as Lulu until he started to crow).  The other chooks don't seem to mind and are now at the point of accepting anyone a bit odd looking into the fold.  We've got a few of those.  Our neighbours Isa Brown chooks, being the standard, fast laying (short living) battery hen of choice chicken have all but been bred out by our wandering Bantam, Wyandotte, Polish breeds and misfits.  Now  I see their coup filled with bright colours and feathered legs.  I'm just wondering if it's only a matter of time until we see some white painted heads over the fence as well.

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