Friday, May 11, 2012

Feathered Friend Friday

I thought it would be fun to start a new series called "Feathered Friend Friday." The plan is that every Friday I will write a post with interesting facts, photos, or funny stories about chickens. I'm a bit obsessed with my girls, so this is a good way to share my love of all things chicken! If you need to catch up, you'll find all the Feathered Friend Friday posts here.

For this week's installment of FFF, I thought I'd give an update on the guineas. If you need to catch up on the guinea saga, check out these posts.

When we first let the guineas out to free range about five months ago, it was utter chaos. They were so loud because everything was new to them. It was nearly unbearable living here because of their constant screaming.

However, I am happy to report that things are now going very smoothly! It took them a while, but they are finally used to everything and seem to only make a lot of noise now when something is awry (which is what we want since they are part of our line of defense against predators trying to snatch up our chickens).

They don't even freak out anymore when David or I come up close to them! In fact, I can be jogging on my backyard trail and if one is laying down right in my path, I just step to the side a bit and they don't even move!

Definite progress. And I've only had one tick on me so far this year, so I think they are holding up that end of the bargain as well. Took what seemed like forever to get here, but I'm so happy our homestead is a peaceful one yet again!



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