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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Lucky's story

So Sarah informed me that her blog readers were interested in our treasured guinea hen Lucky. Well first of all guinea hens are native to the grasslands of Africa, we decided to get ourselves some because they are great tick eaters and because they are fun to have. We have had quite a few picked off by predators because they free range all day unlike our chickens who stay inside a fence.
This summer Steve and I let the chickens "brood" (sit on) a nest of chicken and guinea eggs. The chickens were not so great at this and kept taking turns sitting on the eggs. (I spoke to a chicken man at the agricultural fair this year who informed me broody hens are being completely bred out of chickens due to our factory farming in the US) This would explain why they were not so good at it. Anyways the 21 days ended and we had no chicks until a few days later when Steve went out to the coop on a rainy night and found Lucky not only out of the nest but out of the shed in the pouring rain. We brought her in and hand raised her from a little chick. At the current time she lives in the garage, I would bring her inside the house if it wasn't for her loud calls at the slightest disturbance. Steve and I are planning on building her a shed of her own and a yard of her own soon. She is likely to not be accepted by the rest of the flock so we will keep her closer to the house. So there you have it the story of how we have became so attached to our guinea hen Lucky. If anyoned wants to read more about the benefits of keeping guinea hens go to www.guineafowl.com/fritsfarm.


Anonymous Sarah said...

Thanks Jennie! Her story needed to be told! :) She is the cutest bird I've ever met!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Annie said...

I love the picture of Lucky, when she's teeny tiny!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, she's a cutie! Just thinking of that little baby chick wandering around, lost in the rain, makes me weepy. She IS quite "lucky" to be found, even born at all. Give her my best!!

5:13 AM  
Blogger Baa Bonny Belle said...

What a cutie. We have chickens and ducks, we let free-range when we are home. Love the story...thank you for sharing.

8:35 PM  

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