Judith Browning wrote:Our beekeeper friend assured us that the guineas wouldn't be a problem unless they stood in front of the hive eatting bees as they came out. He said he could just raise the hive if that happened. I think I would like to replace a sumac (it had died) that was in front also to direct their (the honey bees) flight upwards.
So...we brought home 6 seven week old keets...right now they are penned into a roofed corner of the garden and we gave them our dog's house who just died of something tick related we think My blood work just showed Rocky Mountain spotted tick fever. We are on to our next chapter as guinea fowl farmers...time to get aggressive about ticks in the Ozarks.
John Polk wrote:From my limited experience with guineas, they are extremely observant, and very territorial.
If you go into their territory tonight, after they go to bed, and pick a few flowers, when they go out in the morning, it will be the 'talk of the town'. They discuss every little change to 'their' territory.
They are less domesticated than most other fowl. I believe that their 'flock mentality' is stronger than most other fowl.
They are a tightly-knit social structure that pays close attention to their surroundings.
They owe their survival to this tendency.
Alder Burns wrote:so you have these guineas actually in your garden, with vegetables growing? Don't they eat your plants? I wonder if maybe most of your plants are big and vigorous....they might be more likely to damage young seedlings.....
Matu Collins wrote:I'm seriously considering getting some keets this spring. My husband dress the noise but I got so sick with erlichiosis last summer and everyone but the new baby has had lyme at least once. I want to be able to invite friends and helpers to my farm without giving then a possibly debilitating disease.
There is a weird law that you can only buy chicks by the dozen or more. The keets have to be 15! From what you've written above, 15 seems like too many for my 3 acres. They won't fit in my coop either. I'm going to see if I can get folks to go in on an order with me
George Meljon wrote:Darn! Sorry to hear that Judith! Our tick season just kicked off last weekend, and we are looking for solutions like this. Those guineas are easy targets, it seems, especially if they wander a lot?
Our beekeeper friend assured us that the guineas wouldn't be a problem unless they stood in front of the hive eating bees as they came out. He said he could just raise the hive