We brought home a few additions to our wild flock the other day. Guinea fowl! Over half of our property is wooded, so ticks are prevalent. The kids are in and out of the woods most days, so tick checks are certainly part of our daily routines. Still, I’d love to do what I can to keep the tick population down, so we introduced three guinea.
Supposedly, guinea love to eat ticks and I’m hoping this is the case! They definitely interesting looking creatures. They seem to know what they want and do what they need to do in order to get it. Even if that means running like The Roadrunner and sometimes taking flight! Since chickens and domesticated ducks are largely flightless, this was a bit of a shock!
The other day, we moved the teenager guinea into the brooder with a couple younger guinea. She’d been in the teenager run with some pullets and young meat birds, but we thought she’d be happy with some of her own breed. We were wrong. When I opened the brooder to check them, she FLEW out, ran at lightening speed, and caused a huge ruckus until she made it back into the run with her old friends. It was quite a hilarious sight.
If they eat the ticks, they can fly, squabble, and be as weird looking as they please!