Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Now there are three.

Shortly after we got Waldo, the guinea, I posted an ad on our local Craigslist for a guinea hen so he could have a companion. A week or so went by (maybe it wasn't that long, but I'm not the most patient person), and I figured nobody was interested in selling me a guinea hen. Monday morning I got an email from a lady not far from us who said she had lots of guineas! I called her and we chatted for a few minutes. I was telling her about my chickens, and I asked her if she was interested in trading anything for the guinea hen. She mentioned she'd like one of my buff orpington roosters as a trade (which by the way, all of those buff orpingtons turned out to be roosters!). I love trading!

We met her last night and she was very nice and had a TON of guineas. What a funny scene...guineas running all around and making funny noises! She even had a bunch of baby guinea cute! I decided I'd like two of the guineas, since she had pretty colored ones, so she managed to catch two for me.

Guineas are very hard to tell male from female, so you really have to listen to their voices because they make different sounds. A male makes a one-syllable sound, and a female makes a two-syllable sound. Males also have slightly larger combs on their faces.

I suspect the darker of these two guineas is a male, but I haven't had much of a chance to listen to him yet. If he is a male, that's ok. I think they'll all get along fine. I was mainly concerned with having at least 2 guineas so they wouldn't be lonely.

So I went to open the coop this morning and Waldo was hovering right outside the door (he doesn't roost in the coop, he prefers the trees). He heard the two guineas inside, and he was really worked up!

I opened the door and everyone started coming outside. Out comes the first of the guineas and Waldo is trying to find her though the mass (small mass) of poultry in front of him.

Finally he spotted her and he took off!

"Oh my darling, where have you been all my life?!"

Finally the third guinea found them and they all went off together into the clump of trees.

And pardon this blurry picture, but I thought it was funny. Tucker (the cat) loves the chickens. He tries to stalk them, but he never really tries to chase them. He's enamored by them.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Yay, Waldo has friends now. What are you going to name them? That's great that you got to make a trade.
Wow, your turkeys are getting big. Tucker is so funny. The chickens don't seem too bothered by him.

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