We have 12 guinea fowl. 2 are adult males, born last year. 10 were born this May from eggs we collected and hatched. And so we enter into autumn with a dozen guinea fowl. I hope they all survive to next spring. Last year was a tough year, our guinea flock dwindled down to 2 males. Luckily in the springtime we collected quite a few eggs from nests we found in the woods before all the females were killed. Every year I guess we will hatch eggs to keep the flock going strong.
My guineas. They are so sweet. And funny. And noisy.
They come to me to be hand fed, although they keep about 10 feet away at all times. They chase each other all around the house. They entertain everyone who sees them. They eat bugs around the house. This young flock doesn't wander too far around the property, they stay pretty close. The previous flock used to wander far and wide.
Today I found 2 guinea eggs in the woods ~ these are the first eggs I've found from the hens hatched in May. The guinea eggs are the 2 top ones in the below photo. The others are chicken eggs.
|Eggs ~ Chicken and Guinea|
The news eggs are so small, as they are starter eggs. Guinea eggs are smaller than chicken eggs, anyway, but these are exceptionally small. The right egg is dirty - I didn't wipe off the dirt from the nest. The guinea eggs do have little brown spots on them, but that one has brown mud, too!
Thank you, guinea girls!