Sunday, July 23, 2017

Be Pest Free with Guinea Hens

Did you know that the Guinea fowl or Guinea Hen is the "original fowl"?  These birds originated on the continent of Africa and rank among the oldest of the chicken type of birds. Some birds that inhabited Mongolia may have given rise to the oldest of the true forms which evolved into high-altitude adapted species with the rise of the Tibetan Plateau. While modern Guinea fowl species are from Africa, the helmeted Guinea fowl is now everywhere.
Got Ticks?  Well these birds are insect eating.  They’re great foragers for bugs but they don't scratch, which is less destructive to your garden than chickens. They can make an enormous difference when it comes to your tick population. Ticks are scarce in the open, grassy areas and you will only find a few in the woods and brush. Guineas are specialists in tick control, and your yard, including kids and the dog will be tick free.
Guinea fowl can live and thrive in almost any type of weather environment. Guinea fowl prefer to roost in trees and they only require 7 inches of space per bird for roosting. Any type of shelter would be fairly small and they have to be trained to come into the coop at night if you choose the shelter method. A guinea hen will make a nest and lay her eggs in random, hard-to-find places.
Unless you are in the harshest of climates, chances are your guineas are going to adapt to the conditions.
Guinea fowl are interesting birds. Guinea fowl are good watchdogs and will let you know if something is amiss, only they won't bite.
Guinea fowl can make a great addition to your chickens and are courteous around other animals as well.  They will follow your dog and cat which is pretty cool to watch.
Guinea fowls only lay eggs from April through August which puts them in high demand for the summer season especially when ticks can nest through the first frost!
To purchase your guinea fowls, please send an email to: TheIndigenousWay@comcast.net or call 856-332-3817 or 856-459-5580.