We got a few inches of snow this week. It's our first real snow of the season.
The guinea fowl don't like the snow one bit.
They stay under one of our farm's dump trucks, which Randy has parked beside the chicken coop for them. Every now and then they wander a little, but mostly they just stay under the truck. Randy starts the truck every now and then and the engine gets warm - so all the guineas stay close and enjoy the heat from the engine. We provide them guinea food now, since they aren't finding anything to eat on their own. They're eating has minimized anyway, they don't eat much anymore. I guess they just aren't happy. We try to feed them their favorite treats every now and then, bread and cooked corn. Sometimes they will not eat that either. Poor birds. Randy lugs out hot water for them every morning, which they love. It's frozen by evening; they've learned to drink in the mornings!
I'm happy that all 10 of them have survived their first summer together. The 8 lighter guineas are now 6 months old, and the 2 darker ones are approximately 1 year and 3 months old. The 2 darker ones are all that survived from our first batch of 5 guinea keets. I think we learned alot about guineas with those original ones, and luckily we didn't lose any in our second batch. I just hope they all make it through the cold winter.
|Guineas under the truck|
|Guineas walking through snow|
|Yum, Guinea food!|
|Guineas looking at yeasterday's frozen water|