The thought became reinforced with all the hoopla we experienced last year (continuing into this year) about stink bugs.
Guniea Fowl are African game birds, related to chickens, whose diet consists of insects, bugs and weed seeds. What’s more, unlike chickens, they don’t scratch the dirt and ruin flower beds and gardens. They’re also still a little more wild than chickens, and so can be better at protecting themselves from predators, than their domesticated cousins, who seem to have had a lot of the smarts bred out of them.
So, I bought the book. Researched some more. Consulted with Barbara Aldrich, our 4-H Extension Educator who conducts a series of embryology classes with the local elementary schools, and ordered two dozen eggs from a farm in Iowa.
They arrived last week.
So, in the coming weeks, I’ll be taking pictures and documenting the progress of the hatch, their brooding period, imprinting and taming, and then the eventual controlled release and free range onto the property as allies to reduce populations of Japanese beetles, stinkbugs, ticks, weed seeds, etc.
Follow along with me.
|Packed in granular sand|
|Marked with an X in pencil|
|Placed in the incubator|