The expressions on the faces of the people and the chickens are fabulous. This is a light-hearted and entertaining book, but Sophie doesn't only talk about the chickens in her letters. She mentions the chicken that uses The Force and other bizarre happenings involving superhero type powers, but she also discusses race, class, identity and fitting in. It's done in a matter of fact way and doesn't get teachy or preachy. Sophie is half Latina and looks like her Mexican American mother. She explains that some people assume that Sophie and her mother who was born in the United States are undocumented immigrants.
Another time she writes, "People always think Mom and I are poor. They even did when we had some money, just because we're brown. An extra bit of wonderfulness in the story is the recipe for migas. I love books that encourage me to make something new in the kitchen. Definitely get this as soon as it's available. You'll want to read Unusual Chickens and share it widely. You may also end up grabbing The Hoboken Chicken Emergency since Sophie is a superfan and read it aloud to her chickens. Nov 21, Renata rated it it was amazing Shelves: So sweet and funny.
Also I loved how it covertly shows microaggressions and the importance of representation--Sophie is half white, half Latina and she notes how the librarian is super nice to her because she originally assumed that Sophie was the daughter of a farm laborer, rather than the daughter of the family who inherited the farm; Sophie is super excited when she meets a Filipina journalist who speaks Spanish Also you might learn a surprising amount about actual chickens from this book?
Apr 24, Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing. Mixed in with these letters are others. I just wanted to write someone. Sophie's voice is delightful. She eagerly explores the place, finds that first chicken, and is off taking care of her and the others that follow. I loved that she read them The Hoboken Chicken Emergency and found other books about chickens, helped by the local librarian, Ms.
This isn't a girl who mopes about, but one who gets to work, whether cleaning up the barn, tracking down missing chickens, or writing letters. In addition to the letters there are other documents: And mixed throughout are Katie Kath's lively illustrations. This is definitely a favorite of mine this year enough for me to want to look at it again in terms of Newbery. I think it is that good. Feb 19, Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing. E ARC from Netgalley.
It's a difficult move; Sophie misses her abuela, who has passed away, as well as her extended family, and isn't too wild about the run down farm. She finds an address for a nearby company that sells "unusual chickens" and writes away for a catalog. She also finds an unusual chicken, whom she names Henrietta, who may or may not have the power to mo E ARC from Netgalley.
She also finds an unusual chicken, whom she names Henrietta, who may or may not have the power to move things like the hen house! In letter to the uncle, grandmother, and the chicken company, written on an old typewriter, Sophie tries to figure out what is going on with the chickens, especially after more unusual chickens show up and a neighbor claims that they are hers.
With the help of several new friends, Sophie learns how to care for chickens and decides to show her chickens and alert the area of the chicken theft attempts. In the end, she finds out some interesting things about the farm and the chickens. This was absolutely charming! The illustrations lend a lot to the pictures, and even though there were some sad things job loss, death of grandmother and uncle in the book, the story was upbeat and funny. It wasn't slap stick goofy, which makes it good for middle grade readers.
I can't really explain why I liked this one so much; I just did. The diversity was nicely done as well, and the supportive community nicely described. While elementary students will pick this up instantly, it might be a hard sell for middle school. This will not stop me from buying a copy and telling children "No, really. Just read this one. What I really think: Maybe it's the warm memories of McBroom's Farm that this evoked, but I just adored this. If I had ten year olds on my gift list, I'd buy multiple copies to give away.
This does have a very timeless, classic feel to it. Jul 06, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: There are many things to love about this book, and I regularly repeated them to myself so that I would finish it. Excellent voice in Sophie. Unique storytelling approach in the mostly one way epistolary novel. I loved the telling of the being the new person, the different, in such a different and gentle way.
She is having to learn to be in the county, not the other way around. I enjoyed the fact that her parents are happy and supportive but out of the way, that her mother is apparently supportin There are many things to love about this book, and I regularly repeated them to myself so that I would finish it. I enjoyed the fact that her parents are happy and supportive but out of the way, that her mother is apparently supporting the family writing for Buzzfeed, and that Sophie is both accepting and exasperated by being multiracial.
The book is funny and the story has some interesting qualities. But dear Dog Almighty, that's a lot of time reading about chickens. Or, if we had spend more time on why they were unusual chickens But I can't help but wonder if reluctant readers who would enjoy the writing will stick with the book long enough to get to something actually happening. Mar 21, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think this might be a contender for my favorite book read in It gets a five because it's so unique and awesome and fun, at the same time as being thoughtful and diverse and a great discussion book.
It's rare to find a book that I feel like is as entertaining for a grownup audience as it would be for kids, and I think this is one of those books. Here's why it's awesome: The entire book is written in epistolary sty I think this might be a contender for my favorite book read in The entire book is written in epistolary style. The main character is writing letters to her grandmother, who has passed away, her uncle, who has passed away, and the chicken farm from which she found a catalog filled with The chickens have superpowers.
Reminiscent of Quentin Blake, and so expressive and sweet and hilarious. It's just so silly and sweet and sad all at the same time. It's a great book for discussing grief and perseverance and change. It's just the best. You should read it: The drawings, the story - you'll start and end this book with a giant smile on your face. Jul 24, Alison rated it it was amazing Shelves: Engaging, empowering, and truly entertaining, this is the kind of light but satisfying story you could press into the hands of any 4th or 5th grader with confidence they'd come away happy.
I didn't want this one to end! Plot points of note: Sophie's mom is Mexican-American and her dad is Caucasian. She is one of the very few to use her words "brown people" in the new rural town to which they've moved. People frequently look at her with confusion, having known her great uncle who was like her f Engaging, empowering, and truly entertaining, this is the kind of light but satisfying story you could press into the hands of any 4th or 5th grader with confidence they'd come away happy. People frequently look at her with confusion, having known her great uncle who was like her father white.
Sophie's mom is a writer who pens articles for newspapers and magazines, but her dad is out of work, so their family is cash-strapped and can't afford to fix up the farm. Sophie has to find her own creative ways to fund the care of her chickens which she does! Recommended for fans of the Regarding the Sep 11, Lindsay rated it it was amazing Recommended to Lindsay by: For the couple days I was carrying this around reading it, I just wanted to throw it in people's faces, saying, "Look at this grumpy chicken!!
She can open latches and lay glass eggs!!! Sep 07, Barb Middleton rated it it was amazing Shelves: I admire authors that can pull off well-written epistolary novels. To find the right balance between epistle and narrative without losing the reader is tricky to say the least. Too many internal thoughts by the character and you threaten to bore the reader. Too many flashbacks and you lose the immediacy of the action. Too few points of view and you wonder what motivates the other characters.
If I were a writer I would think the chances of writing a boring, passive story would skyrocket with this I admire authors that can pull off well-written epistolary novels. If I were a writer I would think the chances of writing a boring, passive story would skyrocket with this format.
Not so for Kelly Jones. She manages the technique well creating a strong character voice with humor and using few words creating a strong narrative arc and setting. Not easy, but she kept my interest throughout the story. Some might feel ping-ponged by all the chicken facts. However, Jones nicely ties them in with Sophie's superstitions of what she thinks she is seeing and the scientific facts. A clever juxtaposition, but we will get to that later.
Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown has moved from Los Angeles to a farm that her family inherited from her mother's great-uncle. Her mom knows how to run a farm but she is working full-time and can't help explain things. Sophie's dad lost his job and he's somewhat useless at figuring out equipment or even pruning. Sophie's got more smarts doing research at the library and contacting experts by writing letters when she's faced with a problem. Her dad could learn a thing or two from her.
Sophie explores the farm on her own finding a hen pecking around a hen house. She names her hen, Henrietta, and is off to the library to learn how to take care of chickens. Sophie finds an advertisement in the barn for the Redwood Farm Supply company and writes them an old-fashioned letter, when she can't find them on the World Wide Web, asking for advice on caring for chickens. When a woman shows up at the farm saying she lost a chicken that looks like Henrietta, Sophie does some research only to find out things are not as they seem. Sophie meets another kid her age and gets help solving her chicken mystery.
Sophie writes letters to her dead grandma and Uncle Jim. The epistolary format works well in this regard as it helps keep them alive and shows that Sophie really misses them. My mom died this summer and I find myself talking to her in my head, much like Sophie's letters. I do the same thing with my grandma who I was close to when she was alive. Kelly Jones creates a strong and funny voice as Sophie corresponds with them. Try coming near my pig pen! So in not too many more months, little piglets all over the place, haha But back to the noise, you never heard such screaming coming from them when I go out twice a day to give corn soaked in water with a protein concentrate.
I know it is the protein concentrate they love, because once I made the mistake of buying it in pellet form, and darned if those pigs did not dump all the corn out, and eat every single concentrate pellet. I also have a hopper with straight corn in it, and the pigs will nibble a little bit on it, but definitely prefer the corn mixed with the sweet I am guessing concentrate. So is life here at Country Grown Farms. I have guineas and roosters, but nothing bothers me more than my sheep.
Their baaas are so pitiful when they see me. The want their grain fix and get louder and louder until they get it. Good thing we are on 30 acres and its roads on all 4 sides. Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist. Yes, they are loud, like alarms, our neighbors had some and whenever we went for a walk they would let everyone know we were there.
Have a blessed and Merry Christmas. It took me 31 years of marriage to convince my husband that we really needed them…. Where in South Arkansas do you recommend buying guineas Anita? My husband and I own 5 acres and have been researching raising guineas as pest control for our large garden. We live in southwest MO and ordered ours from Pennsylvania. We got the French Variety that get heavier because we wanted to try the meat.
I had read that it taste similar to pheasant. It does and the ones I cooked at Thanksgiving were out of this world delicious. I had made 5 meats; reg roasted turkey, smoked turkey, smoked quail, pork tenderloin and roasted guinea. Everyones favorite hands down was the guinea. Our flock has dwindled down to 4, because they do roam; even with 40 acres they still go to the neighbors during breeding season.
I have never been lucky enough yet to have them show back up with babies; if they do I will capture them and raise them because guineas are horrible mothers. We had a huge flock of guineas when I grew up. So huge that we had to thin it out. The meat — problem.
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We found out that after the age of 7 weeks — no matter how long you stew it — it was like rubber! You would chew and chew and chew and finally just give up! I have heard that Guineas are very loud. Never been interested in raising them. Thanks for sharing with the HomeAcre Hop! We always had them around wild where I grew up in Africa. Never had them as pets, but their sound brings back wonderful memories.
We have guinea fowl, about 20, primarily to rid us of ticks. The guineas are successful in bug control.
I am glad I read this! I have always considered getting guinea hens as tick eaters but not any longer. Thanks for the info! My guineas are wonderful and we enjoy them as well as our neghbor does. Spring is a little more busy but our flock is fantastic. You will not be disappointed. Its an honest list for sure. Around here we refer to them as a gang of thugs.. I do still love my guineas. They eat from my hand. I appreciate the hawk warning sounds. Between the guineas and the roosters my hens usually know when danger is near.
My guineas dont roam. We have a few acres and they have been content here. They have been over the fence where they wear a bald spot in the grass because the stupidity factor wont allow them the knowledge of how to return from whence they came. They keep chasing the new ones into the woods. A friend told me to enclose them all together and let them sort it out but they are so brutal and they gang up.
How did you keep them from running off? I have 5 guineas and live on 7 acres. After 2 nights of them being gone we found them down the road. Is there any way to keep them on our property without fencing the entire property? Thank you very much for any help. Guineas are hard to contain. Even with fencing they would just fly over.
The key is to start with keets and keep them in their coop for the first weeks before letting them out so that they know this is their home. They will roam during the day but should come home to roost. Put them in an outside enclosure for several weeks. Then take one bird and let it out of the enclosure. After a week, let out a second bird. If the two birds stay close to the rest, you can let them all out after a week. Worked well for us.
And I will also attest that they are the stupidest animals on the planet. They are also the funniest. When I had about ten, they were all pearls, one day I went out to the front yard and I counted 20! Come to find out a neighbor about one mile down the road had acquired some guineas and for some reason they did not like the accommodations and left after a few days and somehow found my flock and joined them. As of the first night they were going to the coop with mine. They were all pearls so no way to know which belonged to whom. Told my neighbors I had them and they were surprised but said I could keep them.
Well all birds are territorial when they have eggs. Also thinking that they are stupid is an opinion. And of course if you have a male and femal they are going to breed. I just hatched five Guinea fowls and they are adorable! Well they are also going to be bullies when they have eggs too. For at least 2 full weeks; when you start letting them out only let them out for 2 hours before roosting time.
Then call them back in with feed. This trains them both to come to your call for a treat and to come home to roost. We learned the hard way of course; and have had tthe heartbreaking experience of losing half of our flock 16!!!
It has taken 3 years for the other 16 to dwindle down to 8 and now 4; hoping the other 4 are on a nest somewhere…. I remember growing up with guineas. Ugh, they were terrible. We had a problem with wild dogs, and we got the guineas to be an alarm- to keep our rabbits safe. We also set traps for the dog, and a guinea ended up getting out and into the trap- it ended up with only one leg, but if you can believe it, that damned bird hopped around for an entire summer.
The only thing I remember liking about them were the feathers they dropped. I agree completely with your take on guinea fowl. They have been a proverbial pain in the butt. I do not agree with the author of Gardening With Guineas whose book convinced me that they would be a wonderful bird to add to our new life on the land. She touted how gentle they were in her garden. They have practically uprooted saplings, grapevines, rose bushes and more by digging their dusting pits in the easiest soil they could find on my property. And bullying was the latest eye opener for me. I had wondered for months why so many of my poor hens were losing feathers.
I figured they were doing this to themselves overnight or fighting in the hen-house overnight. I finally saw the dark-side of Guineas in the hen-yard over this winter. I only have two left out of the original 15 and would not be sorry to see them go. Thanks for the entertaining and insightful read!
We are house-sitters in Australia. We were looking after a property that had ducks, chickens and a dog. They were never any trouble and as the dog was getting fairly deaf, it was great to have the guinea fowl alert us of visitors or predators. We found a dead poisonous snake near the residence, which we think the guinea fowl disposed of, as it had numerous little holes in it, which appeared to have been caused by their beaks. The water dragons did that from time to time. Those guinea fowl roosted in the trees at night.
Later we were looking after another property that was infested with ticks. How we dealt with them, is another story! There had been bad flooding the year before. As we regularly look after the property, we suggested to the owners that guinea fowl may help. They have guinea fowl now as well as chickens and the tick problem is almost non existent. We also saw a fox slinking off one day, which we attribute to the guinea fowl creating a ruckus. The guinea fowl are never locked up they roost on a perch, that runs along the top of the chicken yard and never show any aggression toward the chickens.
The guinea fowl came with rings around their legs, which occasionally they got their claws caught in, causing them to limp badly. We eventually caught them all with the help of a fishing net and removed the rings. Not sure, but suspect that is caused by stress. I miss them sometimes. We have 9 acres of land and the guineas have chosen my bedroom window sill as their fav place to roost, leaving me wide awake until I get fed up enough of the squealing to go outside And flush them off. Any suggestions on how to prevent them from roosting there and in one of the thousands of trees instead?????
The males have longer and larger wattles on the sides of their faces. They also have a little bit different call. The female has a 2-syllable call where as the males have a monosyllabic call, both calls are repeated over and over. We had 2 guineas My female got hit by a car last night and will be missed.
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I was hoping she would make it after being dropped by a hawk from 20 ft a couple of months ago. She died during the night. The male is so sad and clucking up a storm. I hear they mate for life. I will get another female and hope they co exist. They were beginning to get friendly after almost a year and did their job well in keeping grasshoppers and every bug away on 7 acres by our house and 10 acres across the road. I tried to keep them on our side but the male would follow her. I could use some help. I have raised guineas on a farm for many yrs.
You are correct about them. I have seen all of it 1 time or another. I moved 2 yrs ago. I now own only 2 acres. Last yr I purchased 15 guineas. Raised them together, in a small pen. There were 11 this spring. I let them out, to roam. The neighbors seem to be fascinated by their antics. Telling me about the things they do. Now my problem is, they are dying. They go across the road. I have had 1 hit on the road. They leave my property, and go to the neighbors lawn.
In the last 10 days, I have had 6 die. They come back, and I find them dead, in the pen, or near the garden. I do see them chasing each other occasionally, Will they kill each other? I hate to think some 1 may be putting something out to get rid of them. When I raised them in the past, I never found dead 1s. Some were taken at nite by owl or raccoons. But they roosted in trees. Is there anything u r aware of that they may die of?
They r only 1 yr old. Hey, Gene, I am no guinea expert, but perhaps they have been exposed to a toxin when they are out and about. When I was a child, our dog ate part of a large dead grasshopper that was in the yard a day after my dad sprayed insecticide. She very nearly died and it was a big vet bill. Perhaps they are eating something exposed to pesticide or herbicide???
Well, folks each of us are different and so are our experiences. I have owned Pearl, Pied and Lavender Guineas with chickens for over ten years now and with complete joy. Their gregarious nature is lovely in the daily hum-dum of farm life. As for bullying it is just like kids at school. Yah git outta them whatcha put in…bullying has NEVER happened on my farm and the chickens even small bantums co-exist and even roost with them at night.
I have mine trained and have for years to never sleep out in the woods or nest there either. I watch the behavior of the males that help guard the nesting females and the gather the eggs putting them in an incubator so the hens can rest, roam and enjoy their much appreciated bug eating. A chicken will destroy a garden but a guinea takes the bugs and moves on to another area. I trained mine to come when I call them and stay out of the woods and off the asphalt out front in the road!!
It is a matter of patience and respect for the breed of animal and the willingness to educate oneself on how to work with them. Guineas will teach you patience, detachment, the gift of allowing and the circle of life and love. Just takes a little patience and some millet along with a willing can-do attitude…. Not a thing stupid about that, I say! I hate all the negativity about them and I feel you are right about teaching them. I have recently added two to our chickens and yes, they are very mean to my bantams and my big girls but they have taken up with my Barred Rock and just love him to pieces.
I am just praying they will all get along very soon and they will stop attacking my little tiny bantams as they could kill them with one peck on the head. I have to chase the guineas to get them to stop and they are very sneaky and will try another route to get to them. They really are smart as I have one that will let me put him up at night as he has been hurt on his foot by a dog and I have been doctoring him and nurturing him so he is kind of use to me so I went back to where I got him and got the other one as the renters left him when they moved.
They are unbelievably strong! I do love them and think they are hilarious and love to watch them, too! I love my guinies too, and they are not mean. I have food and water in guinea house all the time. I close them up at night and let them out in the morning. When I go outside! I wonder where the guinies are, then they great me. I can only keep two because of room. I now have seven. My son is in Afginastan, They sure help take my mind off that worry. I hope to always have guinies. That is a lovely rebuttal to such a judgmental piece about guineas. We totally love our 16 guineas.
They co-exist peacefully with our 20 chickens and 1 rooster. They were hand raised from one-day old, kept in a brooder in our living room, then when big enough, transferred to the other side of the chicken coop where they could grow up seeing our chickens on the other side. It was winter, so all the birds were pretty much confined to the coop and got used to being with one another. Once I allowed them to co-mingle, there were no incidents at all. My guineas do squawk sometimes, but they stop pretty quickly when the threat is over. Mostly they are quiet. They make the most exquisite trilling sounds when they are laying an egg or when they go into the coop at night.
They are not dumb birds at all. They are just wild birds doing what their wiring tells them. Is that a reason to call them dumb? In Texas we have varmits and lots of them, but seldom which I am very grateful for do we have snakes around our home because of our cats and our birds. We have 5 dogs and 6 — 9 barn cats, acording to how many show up for dinner.
We have geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys, doves, mini donkeys, and guineas. The fox love our birds and guineas. We usually lose several birds each year to them. It used to be mostly guineas but that was before we started closing them in the chicken house at night. For several years now they roost in with the chickens and ducks. Not sure if I have them trained or other way around, never really thought about it.
Usually the last stragglers of my guineas show up as I finish feeding, but that is why I keep calling as I do other chores. I feed the chickens, ducks, and guineas in the chicken house in the evening to promote them going in at night. Started doing it with the smaller birds from the time they were big enough to be let out of their brooding pens.
I never have problems with where they roost. If one comes in after I have closed up, I usually open the door again to let them in or if they are too late, they will roost up the tree in the turkey pen. The turkeys now go to their own pen to sleep and the geese are out all night, but usually stay close to the back yard fence where the dogs are.
At night the geese are our alarms and during the day the guineas sound alarm with them. I live in the country to enjoy nature. Nature is not quiet and not neat. Nature is noisey, very messy, and most of the time I love it. My guineas have never pecked at our car or truck. They have never attacked any person. Far from stupid, my guineas surrounded a young skunk that came out before dusk and chased it from the yard.
The larger roosters bully more than any one else, but it is what they do. Last years guineas have a couple bantum roosters that they were in the brooder with, that occasionally still hang out with them. A neighbor just down the road has peacocks that occasionally pay us an unexpected visit. I also find if I leave the chicken house closed up until noon or so, that I can gather the eggs from most of the birds including the guineas after I open them out. Then I can set them with a hen or in the incubator.
Our birds are mostly not pets although I do love the more tame ones of all the birds I have. We enjoy our birds very much. I get attached and ache when I loose one. We feel the same for the guineas. Sometimes when you read an article, you think to yourself that the person writing it never enjoyed what ever the subject was. That is what I felt when I read this article, you never enjoyed your guineas.
Some people have just had bad experiences with them. Oh how sad, it sounds like what Tirzah said. Also not sure the name, but those white mushrooms are poisonous and I hear they smell good to animals and they eat them and die. They were the worst I seen around here in S Oregon.
I put baking soda on them and it kills them. I heard of this and it works. If you can best to dig them up, but they are poisonous to us as well so be aware and protect yourself. I hope you have no more loss and you find out what has caused it. Please STOP spreading the false rumor that guineas eat ticks. Science has come in on this. In fact, up to ticks can hide in the feathers of ONE guinea. It was very hard to combine two flocks — the older birds killed one of the younger ones. Only now after all this time, do they even pretend to go easily into their pen every night.
They are finally laying, and of course laying all over the place. The article describes two observations. There have been no studies published in Turkey showing that guineas do eat ticks, and some guineas in Turkey carry a lot of ticks. It doesnt report any actual science. The study claims that the Guinea Fowl had one tick in their belly and up to on their feathers. I just read this entire thread on GF- Guinea Fowl and how every GF owner reported that the elimination of ticks was the most prominent advantage of owning Guinea Fowl. I am just guessing that if all of these GF were carrying ticks, that one or more of these GF owners may have noticed.
I am betting on these American farmish who own GF over a study alleged by a guy from Turkey where it is LEGAL to beat your wife to death and to rape any woman you may fancy without repercussions. I recently got 6 keets 6 — 8 months old and penned them near the house for three weeks with the intention of keeping the snake population under control as we live on a rain forest acreage in the tropics. As far as i can tell the chooks are bothering them especially the game hens and rooster. They all seem pretty comfortable roosting together when I shut them up at night. But this morning I found the male guinea dead in their side of the coop.
We took the fence down in the coop so maybe the hens can help with her loneliness, but only time will tell. Should I look for another home for this widow guinea? I am not sure. We did have a lone duck that lost her mate, she was sad and called for awhile, but eventually settled into the chickens and I do believe she now thinks of herself as a chicken.
Then it started eating the catfood. I bought cracked corn for it, but liked the cat food better. I am much happier now that they are a little more contained! I never did any research on or knew anything about guineas. I went to a poultry farm to pick up the chicks I ordered and they had guinea keets straight run. They told me that they were great at eating ticks and good foragers. They told me that they laid triangular shaped eggs.
Out of that I have 6 guineas. I was told they were communal birds and would keep mostly to themselves. My older chickens hold their own and they will peck at all the littler ones, including the guineas. I hope my group is exceptionally well behaved, because I got rid of my drake a few months ago because he was relentlessly mounting and picking on one of the ducks.
He HAD to go finally. Keeping my fingers crossed! Thank you so much for this info! I had just about decided to go ahead and call the dealer when I found your blog. The bullying is the deal-breaker for me as well. The bullying is the males our one male does not like our dog or roosters near the hens and guinea ladys. A friend gave me a guinea egg as we were looking at his pheasants, guineas and peacocks and I thought it would be a fluke to take it home, pop it in the incubator and she if fate thought I should own a guinea.
Would it be good to eat? Wow… you have a lot of comments, so you may not get to this one. And they were so cute as chicks! And we have only one male and one female. The male did fine, but it seems the female did not roost in a way as to protect her feet and either got bad frostbite on her toes or a fungus, but she has severely truncated toes now.
They also never left the coop for at least 4 months, even though we opened it on sunny days. I have chicken, guineas, and turkeys. I raised the guineas from one day old. They are a challenge and often even difficult. I started out with around 30 guineas. I only have six now. And even 6 are extremely loud when they start crowing. I raised them with chickens once I moved then outside. They roost together in the chicken coop at night, share a fairly large pen during the day, and there have not been any bully of the chickens as some here have reported. However, when I had a couple of guineas housed in a smaller movable pin with two turkeys, one day one of the guineas for no apparent reason went crazy and started attacking the turkey, so aggressively that the turkey almost hurt himself trying to escape and I had to move the guinea.
Some of my birds have occasionally escaped. Sometimes they just bolt. Sometimes, I have been able to coax them back to their enclosure, but it usually takes a tremendous amount of time and patience. A lot of times even if they are near enough to hear them in the woods, they scream and squaw and wander until they get too lost or sadly eaten by a predator. My chickens and turkeys interact with me. My guineas run; they seem distrustful despite being with me from one day old and me giving them food, water, snacks etc. I think that type of guinea behavior is part of the reason that some folks call them stupid.
I hate to use that word, but they are the least intelligent bird that with which I have interacted. You have no idea about the decibel levels they can reach. I thought I understood it beforehand from books, postings, and talking to folks. Mine are a ways from my house and have been so loud as to wake us with all the windows down. There are quiet times — but they are very loud a surprising amount of time. Yards are big here and my few close neighbors are ok with the sound.
And I let everyone know that if the guineas were a nuisance in terms of sound that I would get rid of them. As others have said, random non-threating things can cause them to scream and for a good while. They are dependable layers and the eggs are tasty with durable shells. They do catch bugs well.
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Mine keep coups and enclosed pins bug free. They are tough and study birds. I love looking at them. And sometimes having them as alarms is good. So, I used traps, despite having a lot of guineas then. I go back and forth on my opinion on that. I am glad that I experienced guineas. However, given I have neighbors who can hear them when they amp it up, I would not get them again. I have to share my experiences with guineas just because this all sounds so negative. The first few months, they kept t themselves and we could tell them apart, but now, they are just members of the flock.
They will even eat millet from our hands. Nothing ever happened with any kind of aggressive pecking order display. We love our guineas and will always be a part of our home, loud noise and all. The only time they are aggresive is around feeding time and they will run off the chickens, I have figured out how to feed them all are free range so there is no arguing. I have guineas, chickens, duck and a goose and they all get along. It is funny to watch the guineas chase the dogs.. We put up with the squawking and such because they are amazing when it comes to eating grass hoppers.
They will chase them to their death and then fight over the crumbs. We eliminated the bullying by coming up with a second bldg for them to call home. Now they and the chickens completely ignore each other — both of which are free range. I wish I found your page before I got my guinea fowls!
With out a doubt everything you said is true, I was reading and laughing and agreeing all the way, my poor girls. To know that they will always been the same has just made my decision easier. How long has this been going on? Ever since I was an egg! My wife thinks she's a chicken! The man shrugs his shoulders and replies, "We needed the eggs. A bird that has to wring its own neck! I have the People Pox How does a chicken mail a letter? Because if they dropped them, they?
Because he works for chicken feed. Roost Beef Q What do you get if you cross a LandRover with a baby chicken? We asked them how they prepare their chickens. The waitress said, "We just tell them they're going to die. Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide What is Superchicken's real identity? He was tired of being hen-pecked. It was 'fowl' weather. Because talk is cheep. You scratch my beak and I'll scratch yours. A yolk book What did the baby chicken say when he saw his mother sitting on an orange?
Dad, dad, look what marma-laid! One is carrying a sack over his shoulder.
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About an hour later, the chicken walks in again and says "book, book, book," so once again, the librarian gives the chicken three books and it walks out. About an hour later, it comes back in and says "book, book, book," so the librarian gives the chicken three books and it walks out. This time however, the librarian is a little curious so she follows the chicken. She continues to follow it for about half an hour when it comes to a marsh and puts the books on the ground. A frog leaps out of the marsh, looks at the books, and says "readit, readit, readit.
Our Daily Chicken A salesman from KFC walked up to the Pope and offers him a million dollars if he would change "The Lord's Prayer" from "give us this day our daily bread" to "give us this day our daily chicken. Two weeks later, the man offered the pope 10 million dollars to change it from "give us this day our daily bread" to "give us this day our daily chicken" and again the Pope refused the man's generous offer. Another week later, the man offered the Pope 20 million dollars and finally the Pope accepted. The following day, the Pope said to all his officials, "I have some good news and some bad news.
The good news is, that we have just received a check for 20 million dollars. The bad news is, we lost the Wonder Bread account! The show was accepting calls from people who had been or were currently 'possessed'. One guy called in and discussed how he had been possessed by a headless chicken. After a few other callers, Art Bell got a fax saying that the guy hadn't been possessed by a headless chicken, he must have been possessed by a poultrygeist. Why did the chicken cross the Information Superhighway?
To get to the other site. Why did the chicken cross the hay field? To get to the other scythe. What do you call the chicken that crossed the road? Didja hear about the farmer who put a sign in his chicken coop? A month later he returned to the dealer for another hundred chickens because all of the first lot had died. A month later he was back at the dealer for another hundred chickens for the second lot had also died. I mean 'poultry'," replied the teacher. So the pupils don't overhear fowl language. He crossed a chicken with an electric organ and now he's got Hammond eggs.
Why did the chewing gum cross the road? Because it was stuck to the chicken! What do you call a Mexican chicken that says no. Chicano The farmer's son was returning from the market with the crate of chicken's his father had entrusted to him, when all of a sudden the box fell and broke open. Chickens scurried off in different directions, but the determined boy walked all over the neighborhood scooping up the wayward birds and returning them to the repaired crate.
Hoping he had found them all, the boy reluctantly returned home, expecting the worst. The farmer's wife told her it was a chicken Jacuzzi. To get out of Kentucky. It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees. Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selectedin such a way that they are now genetically disposed to cross roads. The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Theend of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was. So that its subjects will view it with admiration, as a chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear,for whom among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue?
In such a manner is the princely chicken's dominion maintained.
Arthur Andersen Consultant's Answer: Deregulation of the chicken's side of the road was threatening its dominant market position. The chicken was faced with significant challenges to create and develop the competencies required for the newly competitive market. Andersen Consulting, in a partnering relationship with the client, helped the chicken by rethinking its physical distribution strategy and implementation processes.
Using the Poultry Integration Model PIM , Andersen helped the chicken use its skills, methodologies, knowledge, capital and experiences to align the chicken?