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Guineas, Chickens and Friends ... Oh My!

Some of you may know that my dad bought five chicks last year in late winter. They turned out to be Polish chickens, of which the two white ones remain with us.

They aren't too noisy and we get a couple of eggs every two days from them. Nadia is always asking me to fry up two eggs for her.

Fast forward a few months and a colleague from our church work offers to gift the kids a couple of guineas. "Why, of course, we'll take them!" How neat is that? Turns out, not very neat. LOL

A week or two ago, my neighbor, who knows about the Polish hens, but hadn't met the guineas, complained that two chickens were on top of his roof. "But they weren't your chickens," he said. I just smiled and mumbled something about shooing them away next time. I thought I'd keep an eye on them and see for myself. Sure enough, this weekend they were over on his roof once when I looked for them.

So, we had to box them up (a hilarious, if not entirely disgraceful episode) and take them back to church. They'll be reunited with their former family and they'll enjoy the country life so much more than life in Midwest City.

I'm kinda sad about it. I thought they were "purty".

posted on Aug 3, 2020 1:12 PM ()


It's fun that different breeds of chickens have varying personalities. If I was the neighbor and never figured out they originated from your house, I'd be talking about 'our neighbor Jeremy keeps chickens, and one time this summer some other chickens were passing through and spent time on my roof, only here for a little bit, and then they moved on. I wonder where they ended up.'

I wonder what clipping their wings would have done to their personalities - would they pine because they couldn't follow their instinct to check out the neighborhood, perhaps lay eggs in the rain gutters next door. If someone gave you ones that'd had clipped wings from a young age, maybe they'd be content, or maybe they'd instinctively still want to roam, not know why, and act out like rebellious teenagers.
comment by traveltales on Aug 6, 2020 7:12 AM ()
You're cracking me up. We've got the makings of an exciting story here!
reply by jerms on Aug 6, 2020 7:18 AM ()
Guineas are pretty and people keep them because they raise a racket when they see strangers. I have never eaten one but I hear the breast is very good. too sad, too bad you had to take them back.
comment by elderjane on Aug 4, 2020 5:35 AM ()
I was excited about having them. The previous owner, after we had returned them, said we could have clipped their wings and maybe have kept them, but that almost seems cruel. I was glad they got to go back to him. He has a beautiful place in the country.
reply by jerms on Aug 4, 2020 8:32 AM ()
Guinea hens hide their nests, or so I read from a guy who blogged in the PA woods. Maybe they were attempting to build nests up on that roof.
comment by drmaus on Aug 3, 2020 7:25 PM ()
I've heard that, too, and was told they would leave eggs ANYWHERE!
reply by jerms on Aug 4, 2020 8:30 AM ()
You are going to have to learn how to control your chickens!!
comment by greatmartin on Aug 3, 2020 2:43 PM ()
They are much more given to flight than the hens are!
reply by jerms on Aug 4, 2020 8:29 AM ()

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