Welcome to our series "Feathered Friend Friday." Every Friday I write a post with interesting facts, photos, videos, or funny stories about our chickens and guineas. If you need to catch up, you'll find all the Feathered Friend Friday posts here.
Recently it has seemed that I'm buying chicken feed way too much. I noticed that the guineas have figured out that there is always food in the chicken coop, so they have learned to treat themselves several times a day. The guineas free range, so in the winter I do provide supplemental grain since there's not a lot for them to eat out in the woods. I normally give this to them at night, but they have outsmarted me and like to help themselves to the feed meant for the chickens.
Both the guineas and chickens tend to be messy eaters and it appeared that more feed was being wasted than eaten. I was getting frustrated by this, so I decided to switch them over from crumble feed to pellets. The pellets are larger so there will (hopefully) be less waste. For a couple weeks I gradually mixed in the pellets with the crumbles so they could get used to them, and now they are only given pellets.
They tend to go after the pellets voraciously! I usually grab a bucket of feed to refill their feeders every couple days, but sometimes they are too hungry to wait an extra few seconds for the feed to get from bucket to feeders.
The guineas were especially hungry this day and fought their way to the food however they could.
I couldn't help but laugh. I let them eat out of the bucket for a while before filling up the feeders. I'm going to venture a guess and say they are used to the pellets by now!
PS - Just so you guys know, I may not be around much this weekend.
We had a bad ice storm yesterday that knocked our power out and toppled many limbs and trees. The power may
not be restored until the first of the week, so I may be in the dark for a while. Now I really get to try my hand at being a pioneer woman!
*Update* Power restored! So thankful for electricity!
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