This morning before the sun rose the Guineas were warning us of danger. They were making their loud obnoxious Guinea noises. They sleep up in a tall, huge pine tree over the chicken pen at night time. This morning, little to our knowledge, a large skunk started prowling around the chicken pen, trying to find a way in. The Guineas saw and started screaming. Good watch-Guineas.
Randy went out to see what was going on and walked up on the skunk as he (the skunk) attempted to enter the chicken pen. Randy was putting out chicken food for the day. The skunk and Randy took a good long look at each other. The chickens were locked up in the pen. The skunk was on the outside of the pen.
The Guineas all flew to the ground outside of the chicken pen at that time, screaming bloody murder. There was so much noise going on, so I went outside to see what was happening . As I watched, the skunk attacked one of the Guineas who was nearby on the ground. The Guinea got sprayed by the skunk. The Guinea then got confused and attacked the outside cat, Jerry. Jerry was up on our front porch observing and eating his breakfast when a large, stinky, screaming Guinea fowl came running at him, wings up in attack mode. Poor Jerry- he ran for his life and hasn't returned yet. He never finished his breakfast.
Randy killed the skunk. It had to be done. It was done quickly. The skunk smelled so very bad, worse than I have ever imaged it could smell. I guess I never was around a skunk up close and personal before. He and I cleaned up the area and locked all the Guineas up with the chickens for the day. They deserved a day of rest with the chickens. Randy and I both smelled of skunk all day. My co-workers in the office didn't appreciate me today. The yard still smells. I'm sure the one Guinea fowl still smells. Everything around here smells now.
And all this happened before 7am this morning. Happy Friday!