Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


One of three nice looking teenager guinea fowl.
Rooster Chicklet interrogates two of the three uninvited guests.
Three of our neighbor's guinea fowl have decided to join our rasp. (A "rasp" is what you call a group of guinea fowl because of the raspy noise they make.)  We started out Monday morning with seven adults and ended up Monday evening with those seven adults plus three teenagers.  Three of the neighbor's youngsters had joined our family of feathered friends.  We are positive that our birds kidnapped these fine looking critters from the across-the-road neighbors.  Now the only question remains of what to do?  If we return the birds to their home they will only come back.  (As if we could ever catch them to return them!) We have been pretty sure for some time that our seven were all male.  We are almost certain that these young birds are females.  It has been a while since we have seen crazy and strange behavior from our rasp as the adults spend the day strutting and sparring and running around in circles to impress the newbies. That is why a group of guinea fowl is also often called "a confusion".

Yes our neighbors did call and ask "Have you seen three of our guinea fowl?"

In case  you've been wondering, here is Mr. Gibson with her young chicks.  The little brown one behind her is Lucky.


Cliff said...

I wouldn't call walking right behind a chicken 'lucky.' :)
The first part you described reminded me of a bunch of high school boys with new girls visiting.
I hope you guys don't end up with a population explosion.

Granny Annie said...

Cliff -- "Lucky" is the chick that fell in the water bucket and almost drowned but we came home early from a trip and I was able to save her/him. Yes, he is walking in a danger zone for sure. A guinea fowl population explosion would be fine to control the bug population. (You would have to be able to tolerate the noise.) The image of high school boys and new girls visiting is spot on! LOL

Tabor said...

Since our neighborhood has such a high chance of Lyme's disease we have been considering guinea fowl for our yard and garden. Of course we have no barn, hen house or other accoutrements.

Cathy said...

Hello Annie
How long before your 'rasp' increases in size?? If there are any new ones who will they actually belong to?

Granny Annie said...

Tabor -- You need very few accoutrements. Keep the keets (baby guinea fowl) in a cage inside a shelter of some sort until they are several weeks old. Release them one at a time over a few weeks. The ones outside will stay near the others, then when they are all released they will know where "home is" and will return to roost at night in trees or whatever shelter you can provide for them. They eat bugs all day and only eat small amounts of corn feed at the end of the day. We had tried to tell our neighbors not to let their birds out all at once but they didn't believe us and that is how the three were so easily enticed away. You would not believe how our tick, scorpion and other bug population has decreased since getting these birds.

Cathy -- You raise a good question. We would, of course, give our neighbors some of the keets if progeny are ever produced.

Lynn said...

And did you say "Yes - come get them?" :)

I am tucking away the "rasp" and "confusion" info for future reference. I love that!

Granny Annie said...

Lynn -- I did say, "Yes, come get them" which was not kind since I know they can't catch them either. They are keeping the rest of their guinea fowl locked up and I believe that when they release them again they will let them go one at a time. If not, we will increase our rasp even more:) Actually our guinea fowl already are loved and shared by the entire area as they travel far and wide in search of juicy bugs.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Morning Annie.
what an adorable animal family you have there..
I guess a chain link fenced yard wouldnt be enough to keep them in, right? I do have an extra 10x10 building that I think would make a great shelter..

Is the best thing to do, to contact someone local who raises them and let them walk me thru the proper steps? cause otherwise I'd quickly become your no. 1 pest:-)

Riot Kitty said...

So based on this new vocabulary lesson, there are groups of humans who hang out in a whine, or a snit!

Chatty Crone said...

Well if anything - I would let them come get them! sandie

Granny Annie said...

sonny -- We spent about $500 just to end up with the seven guineas. First we bought a rasp of about 10 and put them in the hen house for a couple of weeks then let them all out at once and that was the last time we saw them. Next we bought guinea eggs and put 19 eggs under a broody hen and they all hatched and these keets killed or eaten by predators within a couple of weeks. Etc., etc.,etc. Finally we have managed to keep these seven (now ten) and who knows what will happen next. Yes, if you ever acquire guinea fowl, get some local expert help.

Riot Kitty -- So you are saying a group or flock of humans should be called "a whine" or "a snit"? That is so perfect!!!

Chatty Crone -- Of course we will let them come and get them and we would even try to help. I think that they know they still will benefit from the rasp of guinea fowl no matter where they rest at night. These are the same neighbors who we gave Rooster Jack
Bauer to, remember? We're all friends in this.

TALON said...

A confusion? I love that! Looks like you've got some adopted fowl, Annie. Will you keep them for now?

Scarlet said...

So what you're saying is that even in the guinea fowl world the old guys timers chase after young chicks?

I had no idea about the rasp and confusion. Thanks for the lesson, Annie!

Judy (kenju) said...

So, why did the chickens cross the road?

NOW we know. lol

Shionge said...

So quick and what fun they have :D

Sparkling Red said...

Well that is a fine how-d'you-do. Those bird-brains have a mind of their own!

On my way home this evening I had a good laugh watching two or three Canada goose families crossing a main street (two lanes of traffic each way, and at the height of rush hour) in an orderly fashion, at the crosswalk! Unfortunately they didn't wait for the light to turn green. Fortunately the cars all stopped for the half-dozen adults and the many fuzzy youngsters accompanying them. (The goslings were 3/4 the size of their parents.) They took their sweet time waddling across the street while traffic backed up for a mile both ways.

wrystarr said...

It sounds as if your adorable Guinea fowls are now the major participants of an Agatha Christie mystery. LOL

I guess boys will be boys. Even fowls.

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