Antique Granny

Antique Granny

Friday, June 22, 2012

GANGSTA "RASP"

The neighbor's let ALL of their teenage guinea fowl  loose and they have hooked up with ours.  We now have a rasp of 16 birds running together which benefits everyone.  These guinea fowl not only will keep down the bug population but they are truly the bad guys when it comes to killing snakes.  This greatly increased "confusion" is loud and unruly and glide around the countryside in total control of the universe.

This is only half the rasp. Wish I could get a picture of all of them coming across the field in the early morning.

19 comments:

Lynn said...

Makes sense to me! You have a little guinea kingdom there. :)

Granny Annie said...

Lynn -- Thankfully all the neighbors like them and try to entice them to visit their property to eat bugs. However their choice to mix with our flock and call our place home is going to be interesting.
We've never had a group this large.

Cliff said...

Will there eventually be a controlled hunting season on these little varmints??

cranethie said...

I was about to ask - do you have an exterminator in the form of a fox that roams the neighbourhood?
Thanks for all your comments recently Annie - I have been very lax in answering them.
Take care
Cathy

Tabor said...

Totally interested in this bird species as you know. We are still thinking...about it. Do they destroy flower beds?

Granny Annie said...

Cliff -- I am a bit concerned about a population explosion. We have learned that guinea fowl are not attentive parents and their keets don't last long once hatched. However if we were to manage to find a cache of their eggs, we can sell them for big bucks at the poultry swap meet. I think guinea fowl would be difficult to hunt and I'm not sure if they are edible.

cranethie --Cathy, I know you have been busy meeting your personal challenge to post each day in June. You are doing great!

Tabor -- Our neighbors have had to put small wire cages over some of their vegetable plants to keep the guinea fowl out. I'm not remembering having trouble when we had a vegetable garden and I know for sure they never messed with our flowers. The chickens were what we worried about keeping out of the tomatoes. Best research that before you get into the guinea game:)

Granny Annie said...

Tabor -- Just did a quick search on "guinea fowl and flower beds" and it seems they help your flower beds by keeping bugs off the plants and don't harm your plants.

Changes in the wind said...

So do you know as to why the neighbors let them all loose? I guess they are just all wondering about and eating bugs for survival like wild game?

Merle said...

Dear Annie ~~ I am so sorry I have been so long replying to you. Thank you for being such a loyal and great blogging buddy. I laughed at
my "politically incorrect" joke about the Chinese pilot and the Jewish man.
I am so glad you enjoyed the jokes from last Sunday and that is why I enjoy posting them.Take great care
my friend and enjoy the joint owned guinea fowls.
Love and Hugs, Merle.

Granny Annie said...

Changes in the wind -- As soon as the neighbors let three of their young guineas out they immediately joined our older, wiser flock. They realized that it was inevitable their young ones would join ours and they only had two options. 1.) Just let them join up 2.) Sell theirs at the poultry swap meet. They realized we would all benefit by the large rasp and let them out. Ours were all males and are so enjoying their new girlfriends. LOL

Merle -- Keep up the great work on the humor scene!

Shionge said...

Oops...you need some help to keep the noise now or can someone inform the neighbour ya?

ancient one said...

I was going to say that chickens running out will mess up your flower beds... but so far the only thing the guineas have done is hide their nest in ours.. no harm.. you have to really look for to find it...

Whitemist said...

love guinea hens - but the noise! The coyotes try to keep the poulation down, i think to try to quiet them. The ticks have decreased and this is a good thing

Riot Kitty said...

They eat snakes? As we said in Texas, breaking out a can of whoopass?

Granny Annie said...

Shionge -- That's the beauty of living in the country. We can make as much noise as we want and so can our livestock.

Ancient One -- You are so right. However if the garden area drys out the birds love using it for their dust baths.

Whitemist -- The guinea fowl make the need for an expensive alarm system unnecessary. They not only alert you to trespassers, their noise is so irritating they will run most of them off.

Riot Kitty -- Not sure if they eat or just kill snakes but they have kept us snake-free since we got them. Before we got guineas we had a few black snakes around but since then we haven't seen any close to our house. Our neighbors who now share the guinea rasp with us, have had quite a few run-ins with copperheads. Hopefully this large group of birds will now run those intruders off.

Kay said...

They kill snakes? Seriously? Wow! We do have feral chickens running around over here on Oahu.

Granny Annie said...

Kay -- My niece told me some fantastic story about the feral chickens in Oahu being blown in on a storm or something like that. Chickens will also do battle with snakes.

Pat said...

Guinea fowls rule!

Granny Annie said...

Pat -- And with our new huge flock they really "rule" around here. It looks like the majority of guineas that the neighbor released are girls and ours were all boys so there is a lot of x-rated stuff going on around here.