In this post, I share a few photos of Oliver’s new friends.. the guinea fowl who live next door. I will share some fun facts about this bird and personal experiences.
The birds featured in my post today are actually Royal Purple Guinea Fowls. They are usually referred to as Guineas. There are a few different species available in North American including Pearl Guineas Lavender Guineas Purple Guineas, White Guinea Fowl. I sometimes call the ones who visit my garden in New Guinea on accident because that is a flower I love. (giggle). Increasingly popular because I keep seeing small backyard flocks of these on our travels. Guineas are known to be vigorous, hardy, and disease-free birds.
They are a little noisy if you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy country living. They kind of sound like an old engine being started. I captured the new flock right near my front door in the late summer. Check out the video I posted on Twitter below.
Ha! There are six of them so they are certainly making a scene. They don’t bother me too much because I know when they visit they are eating lots of bugs in my yard. Lyme disease has been diagnosed in my area so these birds are welcome to CHOW DOWN on any ticks they may see. Guineas are especially known to immensely enjoy snapping up ticks out of tall grass where they tend to thrive and pose threats to dogs, children, and livestock nearby.
Good Reads About The Guinea Fowls
Below you will find the links:
I am sure I will be adding more to this post as the days go on. The birds really do have quite a personality and I think if my neighbors didn’t have the flock that visit so often I would get a few to let enjoy my property.
Keeping The Critters on Your Farm
If you want to keep your guineas from wandering in a specific area, it is best to keep them in covered pens. I’ve seen the neighbors get chased by my pup and fly to the top of the 20 ft. barn peak. Guineas are able to fly at a very early age. I read on the poultry extension site that they are able to fly 400 to 500 ft. at a time. Guineas are also very good runners and prefer to move on foot. As you can see in the video of Oliver chasing them!
Curious to hear from you and if you have seen these birds before. Let me know by commenting on my site. You can find me sharing more fun poultry and other creative living ideas on social media. Follow the links featured on this page or @brenhaas.
Happy Guinea Fowl Discovery,