|Ordered Guinea fowl eggs online. The adults are not good parents. They wander away from their eggs and even from the hatched chicks. Rarely do they come wandering out of the high grass with new born keets.|
|We placed that batch of eggs under one of our big broody hens. She hatched them and protected them for quite a while.|
|Here are the baby keets enjoying food and water. Marbles are placed in their drinking water to keep them from drowning. Same thing as with baby chicks.|
|Expectant adult guinea fowl pace, awaiting the time the keets are turned over to them. Until that time, the mother hen will not let them near.|
|Now it is time for the young teenagers to join the few adults. We were so hopeful for this growing confusion. (That is what you call a group of guinea fowl.)|
This all happened five years ago and now we are down to two guinea fowl. The chicken hawks, the owls and the bald eagles have eaten them and some cars have run over them. It is a difficult job to raise these birds. When the last two are gone, I probably won't start another confusion. However these African birds are wonderful for eating bugs, killing snakes and blaring out a loud warning when intruders are in the area. They announce visitors before the dogs do. I hope my kids will want to raise guinea fowl when they build here. They are definitely talking about chickens and goats. I will be happy to have those farm animals near me again.