A few of you asked about my guineas I posted a picture of the other day. Their names are Heckyll and Jeckyll. Both are boys and they're not chickens or turkeys, lol! They are fowl, though. My son says they are relatives of the dinosaur since the have hard helmets on their heads.
They spend most of the day foraging for food. They require very little purchased food. They hunt for bugs all day long. Guineas are great at keeping the flea/tick population under control. They are different from chickens in that they won't tear up a garden. They will go in to look for and eat bugs, but not to destroy it. Guineas are also good at flying. They'll fly in trees to get away from predators.
Keeping watch during the snow this winter
They do make high pitched sounds. You can tell if they are males or females by the call they make. Females make a two syllable sound similar to "buckwheat", while males can only make a one syllable sound. They will sound their "alarm" if they feel they are being threatened, or if someone new comes in the yard. They always try and stand by my bedroom window and holler if they think I'm asleep! Bad boys!
If you've read my blog awhile, you may remember that I started out with 12 guineas. At first they roosted outside at night, that's how 10 of them ended up being killed by coyotes. These last two have gotten smart and stay in the chicken coop at night. Thank Goodness, cause I love my boys!