Comment by Pat Barr on January 18, 2012 at 11:11pm

Guinia hens take 40 acres (where it's all yours, or your neighbors lol)... they are excellent natural insecticides (especially against ticks and chiggers), and hate / love snakes (they love to eat them)... since I started my flock of guineas I've only seen 3 snakes on my property (in 8 years). 

Yes they are noisy, but you (and your guard dogs) will know the difference between a leaf dropped, and something or someone is around. 

I had a neighbor who told me 6 months after that he was going to complain about my guineas.  They would have a coffee klatch undeer his bedroom window every Sunday morning (about 7)... then he realized he could mow, even lay on his lawn without any chiggers nor ticks, and felt they were worth waking him up on his only off day. 

My biggest problem was the hens (mine always have 2 hens that sit and raise a hatching) would "walk" the legs off the keets.  They (the mothers) would always bring the new hatchlings around after a day or two, and I'll put the in the chicken coop for about 2 weeks.  That way I get about 80 % of the hatch to survive.  If I don't put them up, I'm lucky to have 2 or 3 keets actually grow up.

I've been told they are tasty (and are a delicacy in France), but I've never had enough (even though at times my flock has been 30 plus) to capture and butcher.  They are just too important to eat for me.

 

Pat

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