I Should Have Seen It Coming ...

| 9/25/2013 4:23:00 PM

Tags: New Farmer, Guinea Chicks, Animal Woes, Nina,

NinaReally, I should have. I take full responsibility; I have no excuse. 

It has been a quiet two weeks on the farm. THAT should have been my first clue!  Evenings have been clear with just a hint of the crisp fall nights that will soon be upon us. Mornings just cool enough to get lots of things done before it gets too warm. How did I not know that it was really a conspiracy? How did I miss the signs, the omens as clear as day? Perhaps, if I had been born and raised in the country, I would have caught on. Being city raised and a country transplant, I didn’t have idea one.  As it were, the signs zipped right past me like a wild pitch, high and outside and headed for the stands!! Runner on first!!!

In my very first blog I spoke of the things I had learned the hard way being new to farm living. Number ten was an especially trying venture when a bunch of tiny, hyperactive Guinea chicks made a break for it through a small opening left in the cardboard circle of their brooder. Long story short, they were all rounded up and have been a peaceful bunch ever since, doing the things that Guineas do … eating, sleeping, growing, making noise and pooping. I talk to them while I work around them. They tilt their little heads and look at me like they know what I am saying. “What should I write for my blog this week?” I ask them filling feeders with mash. I let their peaceful little demeanors fool me! They have lulled me into the false sense of security that I am actually in charge of the place … WRONG!!!

When things go wrong in the city, we call it Murphy’s Law … out here they must call it MacDonald’s Law, E-I-E-I-OH NO!!! I have my morning routine … get up, let the dogs out, feed the cats. Then I head out to let the Jersey Boyz out of their pen and open the sliding coop door so that the turkeys and chickens that are allowed to free range can get out. I always, ALWAYS close the sliding door after everyone is out.  I change the water and feed the chicks still in the brooder. There is one lone holdout still in the rafters, and he’s starting to tick me off. “You’re pressing your luck buddy … Thanksgiving is only two months away!” Even swinging a broom at him will not budge him from his roost. His feet must be nailed down, I think. The horses are getting impatient. Neighing and running back and forth along the electric fence line. OK, I leave the turkey. “I’ll be baack!” I say in my best Terminator imitation. Time to take care of the horses, Snow and Storm. Some grain, a couple of flakes of hay and a few scritches and the girls are content. Miss Mimi is making her “BOOF” noises non stop … time for her breakfast, too. The water troughs get a good scrubbing; hot weather really gunks them up. Fresh cool water fills them to the brim. The horses come by, sticking half of their faces in the water and splashing around. Mimi follows suit and heads into her pond/wallow. She starts blowing muddy bubbles, too. Within a couple of minutes she has her head resting on a mud pillow she has formed and is snoring away. Too funny!! How fulfilling it is to see them doing so well after being so abused before. It does my heart good.

Dog and Cat Family

My dog, Sadie, and her adopted family.

11/20/2013 4:35:21 PM

Ok, it's now November 20, 2013. Did the Guinea chicks ever return from the woods and come back to the coop??? I'd love to hear more of their little adventures around the farm! Thank you!!!

9/28/2013 2:41:48 AM

They are pretty funny. Sometimes they come back into the coop...sometimes I find them 25 feet up in the oak tree. They are pretty funny. While chickens almost waddle when they run, Guineas look like those little wind up chickens you can get at Easter time. Their tiny little legs just go a mile a minute.

9/26/2013 5:03:57 PM

Nina, quineas do fly at a young age. My uncle had guineas during one summer that I stayed at his farm. They always roosted up in the trees unless the weather was going to be bad during the night. Then they roosted with the chickens in the coop. We always knew when there was going to be a storm coming by the actions of the guineas. I wouldn't be surprised if they all eventually come home to roost in time. It's pretty hard to give up a free meal, don't you think? Have a great guinea experience day.

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