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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketcaver View Post
    Guinea are better at tick controll, will even kill and eat snakes. But they are harder to keep than chickens and lay smaller (but better tasting) eggs.
    That's part of my concerns w/ chickens, guinea fowl, etc - they don't discriminate between pest & non-pest (how could they?). They eat what moves so small frogs, caterpillars, snakes are all targets - all things I'd like to have around.....

    On a different note, many people keep guinea fowl as watch dogs - the sounds that come out of a group are incredible (here's a clip - but it really does not do justice to the volume or variety of a group sounding an alarm).
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    That's part of my concerns w/ chickens, guinea fowl, etc - they don't discriminate between pest & non-pest (how could they?). They eat what moves so small frogs, caterpillars, snakes are all targets - all things I'd like to have around.....

    On a different note, many people keep guinea fowl as watch dogs - the sounds that come out of a group are incredible (here's a clip - but it really does not do justice to the volume or variety of a group sounding an alarm).
    Geese are incredibly loud watch dogs as well. My gosh the sound of their squawking is so unbearable...
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    Awesome!

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    Guinea do make a lot of racket, not only when you want them to but when you really don't want them to as well. Yes, they will eat and just about anything that moves. And other stuff too.
    Ours just loved to roost in the trees, then when someone walked under the tree... well, sometimes they would get a surprise.
    Peacocks are a lot of fun (somebody mentioned them earlier) but they too make a lot of racket. Peacock eggs are pretty good too.

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    The best of both breeds...turkens + silkies....SHOWGIRL SILKIES!
    Google image them but for the lazy...http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/vi...to-gallery#/17

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    I don't remember exactly when this started but Henrietta my flock leader (a Rhode Island Red) became really noisey and would scream a lot. So I let her in the house one day because giving her food wasn't working. She's not like the other hens so it's not surprise she's the top bird. Turns out she wanted to lay her eggs inside not outside with the other girls. She started to use the couch but I didn't want that because she was scratching it up. I had a storage bin on the ground so I put some towels in it and made her a nest. She loved it and now for months she's been demanding to be let in to make her egg and then leave. If I'm not home she'll even hold her egg and not lay it til the next day. I have no idea what she did when we went on vacation because our bird and plant sitter wasn't going to wait to let her in and out. Here's the rutine.


    Bad Chicken on the fence by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    She's not supposed to jump the fence. This is the front yard and she's not supposed to go there.


    Chicken yelling to be let in by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    Fence is jumped.


    Chicken in the window by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    I happened to be in the computer room and she came looking for me in the window. It's actually very bright in my room, but looks dark because of back lighting. She knocks on the glass with her beak and will scream.


    Henrietta waiting to be let in by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    I go out he front door and call her. She comes around the bushes up the drive way.


    Miss priss butt walks to the front door by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    I open the screen door to the front patio for "Her majesty". She walks slowly like she owns the place.


    Prissy hen walks inside by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    Keeps walking into the house.


    Checking out the nest by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    She checks out her nest to make sure its in order. She likes the towels a certain way. Some days I don't put up with her and grab her and put her in the nest and tell her to sit down.


    Flying into the nest by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    Managed to snap her flying in.


    Cozy nest by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    Happy Chicken. She'll sit for an hour before making an egg. Sometimes she'll get out to inspect the living room and kitchen then go back in for good. If I don't hear her feet hit the ground when she's done she'll scream and stand next to the sliding glass door until I let her out. She's like a cat and needs to be let in and out.


    Henrietta Christmas Nest by Thagirion3, on Flickr

    This was taken last Christmas eve.

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    That's great!

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    Happy Easter everyone. I will be doing something I love tomorrow and that's coloring eggs. This is the only time of year I buy eggs because I don't have any white egg layers. That's by design. White egg layers aren't pet material. The closest thing I have to white are the light pink eggs that raptor makes. Here's my egg spectrum of naturally colored eggs.



    The one on the left is a real white egg I bought at the store so you can compare them. Then there's pink and the one on the right is blue.

    Last year I got an egg coloring kit that came with a white crayon for drawing on the eggs. Well you guys know I'm a good artists. Just look at my avatar. BUT it's very hard to draw with a white crayon on white eggs when you can't see what you're doing. Some of my eggs came out nice while others look terrible like some child drew them. It was so funny how bad some were and how others turned out nice.



    N. ventrata egg



    T-rex. I used to draw so many dinos in the 90's that I can draw some of them in the dark. This one is a very good one.



    Hehe, Dr. Grant is my favorite Jurassic Park character. It's one of my favorite movies.



    A ufo



    Saturn



    A guitar. Had to make one for my husband.



    My character Cope. Gosh he turned out so bad when he's one of my easiest to draw.



    A budgie flying.



    A gourd. This one turned out nice.



    A whale.



    An Architeuthis for my whale to fight with.



    N. lowii



    A budgie head



    Another budgie



    My cockatiel Randy



    And I signed one.

    If I can find my white crayon (I know I put it somewhere), I'll take SOME requests for what to draw this year. Perhaps six things and the other six of our own choice.

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