Tuesday, June 8, 2010

True Guinea Humor

I feel like a complete idiot,but it's not entirely my fault! If it was I would take full blame, instead I blame my idioticalness on the nice gentleman who owns one of the farm feed and seed stores in our town.

About a year ago, my husband Billy went to the feed and seed store to get a couple of more chickens. He came back home with a few Rhode Island Reds, and a couple of Barred Rock. In addition to the chicks, he also had 2 baby Guinea Fowls. It was my first time ever seeing a Guinea, and my first time ever hearing about a Guinea. I asked him what in the world were they good for. He said "they will eat bugs, and keep the bug population down". I just looked at him, "ohhh kay" I said. He then said, "when they grow up they will also act as watch dogs and let you know when someone comes up". Honestly, I have dogs for that, but if he wanted these strange looking little babies then I was not one to argue.

A few days later, a friend of ours came over, and saw the little guinea babies. He knew what they were the instant he saw them. He then started telling me how his parents and grandparents raised Guineas when he was a little boy, and how they would eat bugs out of the yard, and even "bark" when somebody pulled in the driveway.

As time went by, the little Guineas took up with one of the Barred Rock Hens and they always stayed by her side,everywhere she went. I guess they thought she was their Mom, and why wouldn't they? The markings were quite similar. A few months later one of the guineas decided to fly. He or She flew directly over the dog pen, where the dog leaped in midair, caught it...and well, yea..

After the loss of guinea number 1, Guinea number 2 continued to follow its adopted mother everywhere, never leaving her side. Each day, that damn guinea grew uglier and uglier. I asked my husband would it always look so prehistoric? He then replied "Why don't you go look them up on the internet?"
In other words..he didn't have a clue! I learned, yes, they would always look like some leftovers from the prehistoric ages. I also learned they could be quite loud, good bug eaters..but I don't recall the web saying anything about them being "good watch dogs".

One Morning, I was sleeping in, and the most awful noise brought me right out of my slumber! It was the most loudest, horrible, noise Ive ever heard, just outside my window. I rolled out of bed, pulled the curtain back, to see the Guinea under my window. I ran outside, to find Billy standing by the shed laughing like crazy. Surely this thing wouldn't make this noise all the time. Billy assured me he wouldn't. I should have known NOT to believe him as the Guinea proved him wrong. The Guinea makes this strange noise all day long! However, I have grown used to it now.

A month or two ago, I went to the feed and seed store myself for some tomato plants. I asked the owner was my Guinea suppose to make this God awful sounding noise daily. He laughed and said "you must have a jack"
"No, I have a guinea" I said.
"Yea, but you have a cock" he said.
"WHAT??!!" I asked shockingly.
I swear he rolled his eyes, then said "you have a male guinea, often called cocks or jacks. And yes they will make alot of noise. You could try getting him a female but even then they will still be quite loud"
There was no way I was going to get my cock whom I named Jack, a mate!

Every morning, me or my husband go out and collect the eggs from the chickens. The last few weeks, Ive been getting these really small eggs, much smaller than the chickens. A friend of ours gave us a few chickens a few weeks ago because he didnt want them any longer. We are notorious for taking in stray animals, so of course we took the unwanted chickens. I just thought that one of the newly adopted chickens must be nervous or something, and just laying premature eggs. When I brought this up to Billy at the dinner table, I thought he was going to spew his food. "chickens do not have premature eggs Kelly" he said laughing hysterically.
I just shrugged my shoulders, of course he was right.

Today, as I gathered up the eggs, I had another small egg. I decided I would turn to the internet and see why one chicken keeps laying this abnormal looking egg. I couldn't find much of anything at all, and closed the lid to my laptop when suddenly a wave of curiosity came over me. I opened the lid to my laptop and searched Guinea Fowl. I then found this website:http://www.guineafowl.com/fritsfarm/guineas/eggs/ and it showed me the difference in a female and male guineas, as well as what guinea eggs look like. The female and male both looked the same to me..but the eggs........

I ran to the refrigerator and grabbed one of my abnormal eggs, and ran back to my laptop and compared the eggs. I immediately picked up the phone called my husband at work screaming "Your cock is not named Jack, but Jacquelynn!"
After a brief moment of silence from his part, I had to explain my recent discovery.
Billy asked "Can you eat Guinea eggs?"
My reply was "I hope so, you've been eating them in just about everything I've baked, plus your fried egg sandwiches."

Annoying as Jaquelyn can be sometimes,she is fairly interesting. She still hangs pretty close to the Barred Rock hen, and often times she just goes her own way. When the chickens return in the evening to their coop, Jaquelyn likes to stay out a little later and returns after dark actually. She really doesn't bother much, and she doesn't tear up my flower and herb beds. Her feathers are actually very beautiful with a lavender purple that runs down her neck, fading to a purplish grey over her body, with beautiful white polka dots all over. Although her head is quite ugly. She does look like something from the prehistoric times, or even close to a Buzzard or Vulcher. Her head is pretty much featherless, but along the top of her neck is just a few spriglets of fine feathers. She has some kind of pointed looking thing on her head, which makes it look like she has a horn,not even sure what that thing is called. Today I did run across a website stating that Guinea's will alert you when predators are around, making excellent barnyard dogs. Jacquelyn really doesn't alert us too much when we have human visitors, but she has alerted us when the neighbors dog up the street came running through our yard. When we let the chickens and Guinea out of the coop, she takes off running, then flying just above the ground, with her loud call just before landing a few feet ahead. Despite her loudness, she really isn't so bad, but I still don't think I will get her a mate.


These photos aren't the best. Its kinda hard for me getting a good picture of Jacquelyn, she's hardly ever still nor does she let me get close enough for a good shot. Normally, her eggs do not have the speckles on them like the one in the picture. No matter how hard I scrubbed the egg, I couldn't remove the speckles.
One other thing about Guinea eggs...the shell is much stronger than that of chicken eggs. They are really hard to crack. Also Guinea eggs hold a lot of yolk.



13 comments:

  1. I think she's beautiful. What a cute story and I learned something too. I think you should get her a mate...Balisha :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. What an entertaining post, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your chicken adventures.;) I guess it must be a very loud female.;)
    I would love to keep chickens, but I think my neighbours would not be amused. I have to wait until that dream of moving to the country side comes true.;)
    Does the Guinea eggs taste any different from the other eggs?
    Have a lovely day,
    xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  3. I so enjoyed this post. Your humor in relating your guinea story is fantastic. I love guineas but where we live we cannot have them. When I was growing up someone in my family always had them.

    Some people a few miles from me have several guineas they love to stand in the road. When I drive by there place I have to go around the guineas because they will not move from their places in the road. They do not even raise their heads, they keep right on doing whatever it is they are doing and they have no fear of the car. They do get quite noisy though as I drive by them.

    Wishing you and your Jacquelynn the very best.

    Hugs

    ReplyDelete
  4. ZuZana, no the eggs do not taste much different to me at all. Being that I thought they were deformed chicken eggs, Ive been making fried egg sandwiches, baking with them, and everything. They taste the same to me. They just seem to have more yolk than egg whites.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Balisha, not sure I will get a mate, but there's no telling what my husband will do, lol.

    Mumsy-that is sooo funny about them being in the road. I have run across geese being in the road and not moving, but not guineas. thats funny.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Very interesting post Kelly. Enjoyed reading your story and watching pictures. I saw guinea egg for the first time in my life. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a fascinating and interesting story. As I was midway through my read I was hoping you included pictures. You did! thanks. I think a farmer a few miles from here has hens that look like your pictures.I thibk I've seen them before. Thank you for your story about your interaction with Canada Geese in my comment section of my blog. some creatures are such stubbornindividuals aren't they. i have enjoyed reading your writings today. Ann

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thanks Kelly, for this interesting story of your guinea. I'm not sure if we've any guinea here in Malaysia. I've yet to see one.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Nice pictures Kelly as always...I am sorry but I can't leave a comment on your personal site about your article so I have just to do it here instead just to reach you Kelly...


    hello Kelly This is Ms.Lyn ok I have got to be honest Cian is always working and I have to do my bloglog often so the comments you are receiving are mostly from me. The blogging advice it was me not Christian. Both of us do the topics but the writing and blogging I do the stuff. Thank you for leading me to your site to make me realize I would have to be thankful and I am not the only one. Got me crying Kelly I am always visiting your nature site but never did I know you have a personal site. I was touched and even gave me more reasons to live and be strong for my husband and kids.Both of us made our marriage site to inspire people but never thought it will be an instrument for us to be touched and be inspired by people like you.

    Thank you very much Kelly and I have joined bloggers.com do check it out. We can chat there and send private messages unlike on my bloglog. Try joining it is much fun there and enjoy participating on talks and playing with kids and advicing them on chats...it has been one of my pass time...do join and leave me a message if you joined ok...you can see me there on top 10 with the same avatar on my blog log or click on our marriage site tab to bloggers.com thanks Kelly again send my kisses if I can only hug you....thanks...

    ok fine Kelly I would be honest and true here is a link to our family picture site a link just for your eyes only...my picts. and kids and my captions on my friends in blogging which includes you and those from bloggers.com...do leave a message ok so I'll know you have seen me..just click on our name....thanks oh my shy you'll see me...OMG...i will link you to our family site and not on our marriage site...

    ReplyDelete
  10. Lyn, thank you for your kind words they are very much appreciative! You CAN comment on my personal blogs, or atleast thought one could. The comment button is right there with the labels or tags at the bottom of each post. Maybe I should look into it and see if there is a problem. Thank you for always visiting Lyn.

    ReplyDelete
  11. What an interesting post! I enjoyed the story and learn something today. Thank you for sharing.

    Thank you also for your visit and your sweet comment. Greatly appreciated.

    ReplyDelete
  12. This is so cute and so interesting! I quite enjoyed it :0) Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments. They really mean a lot! Have a beautiful weekend XO

    ReplyDelete
  13. What a great story!
    We've been told to get a couple of guinea's to help control the tick population, but, because they are kinda noisy we haven't. And, they are very prehistoric looking. So goofy looking they are cute!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    ReplyDelete

Sometimes, when a bird cries out, or the wind sweeps through a tree, or a dog howls in a far off farm, I hold still and listen a long time.
We live in all things, and all things live in us.