Sandy’s Guinea Fowl

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Sandy's Six Guinea Fowl

Sandy’s Six Guinea Fowl

HELLO SARA, HOW ARE THINGS ACROSS THE POND? SPRING IS TRYING IT’S BEST TO ARRIVE. A BIT EARLY, IRIS AND CROCUS ARE POPPING UP, TREES BUDDING…I FEAR FOR A FREEZE, BUT ‘TIS NATURE WHAT CAN I DO? THE GUINEA SIX ARE TO SAY THE LEAST THRIVING. THEY HAVE ADOPTED MY HUSBAND AS THEIR LEADER. EVERY MORNING THEY CALL AND FUSS UNTIL HE GOES TO LET THEM OUT OF THEIR ROOSTING AREA. BEFORE DARK THEY FOLLOW HIM TO THEIR ROOST AND MOST OF THE TIME GO IN WITHOUT INCIDENT. ( 2 AT TIMES ACT LIKE IT’S THE FIRST TIME THEY’VE EVER HAD TO DO THIS AND REFUSE TO GO IN.) I “THINK” I HAVE FIGURED OUT THE SEXES, ODDLY ENOUGH THE GIRLS SEEM TO BE OUTCASTS. 3 MALES 1 GIRL ARE GROUPED TOGETHER, THE OTHER 2 GIRLS REMAIN ON THE OUTER CIRCLE. THEY WILL DIRT BATHE TOGETHER AND PREEN IN THE SUN TOGETHER, BUT THAT’S ALL. I AM GOING BY THE LOOKS AND SOUNDS MADE. BOYS SEEM BIGGER, STAND TALL AT TIMES, CHEEKS ARE LARGER AND MORE RED. HORN ON TOP A BIT BIGGER. I AM DATING THEM 6 MONTHS IN MAR. HOPING THEY WILL GET THEIR PECKING ORDER DOWN BY THEN. WHEN WE DRIVE UP THE DIRT ROAD….THEY HEAR US AND RUN OUT TO STOP US IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DRIVE BEFORE WE GET TO THE HOUSE. WE USE THE GARAGE DOOR OPENER AND THEY WILL BEAT US IN AND STAND THERE CATERWAULING. THEY WILL CHEER ME UP AT EVERY TURN. I HAVE DECIDED THEY LOOK LIKE OLD WOMEN IN BLOOMER PANTS, WITH THEIR DRESSES HIKED UP WHEN THEY RUN. DEFINITELY COMIC RELIEF!!! IT’S TIME FOR OUR TURKEYS TO WONDER IN, WE’VE HAD A FEW JAKES AND THIS MORNING 4 TOMS. THE SIX ALWAYS ALWAYS RUN TO MEET ANYTHING NEW. THE TOMS OVER TWICE THE SIX SIZE RAN BACK UP INTO THE WOODS AND THEN CAME BACK TO JOIN THE SIX. WALKING OFF FORAGING WITH THEM. IT WAS A GIVE AND TAKE SITUATION UNTIL THEY WORKED IT OUT. WE WILL HAVE UPWARDS TO 50 WILD TURKEY COME THROUGH IN SPRING, SO ANXIOUS TO SEE HOW OUR SIX HANDLE THAT. MY HUSBAND HAS DONE A FANTASTIC JOB OF ENCLOSING THE ROOST FOR THE SIX AND I HOPE IT CONTINUES TO KEEP THE RACCOONS AND SKUNKS OUT. TWICE THE SIX HAVE MET US IN THE MORNING. RACCOONS HAVE OPENED THEIR GATE AND LET THEM OUT. HE’S HAD TO WIRE IT SHUT. ALSO THEY GET INTO THE CAN CONTAINING THEIR FOOD. THE ONLY THING THAT WON’T BE KEPT OUT WILL BE SNAKES. TIME WILL TELL. MY DAUGHTER IS MAKING A MOVE ACROSS TEXAS AND WE HAVE BECOME THE KEEPERS OF HER FOUR HENS. A RED, A BLACK AND WHITE, A NAKED NECK, AND AN ITALIAN OF SOME SORT ALSO BLACK AND WHITE. THE LITTLE ITALIAN HAS LAID AN EGG FOR US EVERY OTHER DAY THIS WINTER. I AM QUIT IMPRESSED WITH HER. THEY HAVE GOTTEN ALONG OKAY WITH THE SIX, BUT THAT’S ABOUT IT. ONLY ROOSTED TOGETHER ONE NIGHT. DO NOT REALLY KNOW WHY THEY CHOSE TO GO INTO THE HENS ROOST????? BUT THEY MUST HAVE HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT IT THAT NIGHT BECAUSE THAT WAS THE LAST TIME. THANKS FOR YOUR SITE AND LISTENING TO MY RAMBLINGS ABOUT THE SIX. NOT MANY SEE THE JOY THEY GIVE US, BUT I THINK YOU UNDERSTAND. BY THE WAY, WE HAVE TO WADE TROUGH DROPPINGS AT EVERY ENTRY OF OUR HOME. PRICE WE PAY FOR ENTERTAINMENT!!! HOPE ALL IS WELL ON YOUR SIDE OF THE WORLD.
Shalom Y’all

Sandy

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