Another sunset and the new neighbours arrive!

This week has been one of spectacular sunsets. Sorry to go on about them but honestly, I just can’t resist taking time out, just to stand and stare. Not for long though as at this time of year Mother Nature soon steps in saying,”O.K., enough of this standing around, I’m going to turn the light out very soon now, so go and make sure all those birdies are locked up safe.” Can’t argue with Mother Nature. Anyway, here’s last night’s solar spectacle…

sunset

…and the reflected version – complete with ‘woolly’ accessory!

The Ridge

grey boxYesterday also brought something a little less colourful. This unassuming, grey box contains Huff’s new neighbours. Ten new neighbours in fact.

Guineafowl

This wee Guinea Gang come from the same lady who sold us our Three Musco-teers. This time around, she was reluctantly looking to re-home all of her livestock as she is taking a well earned ‘gap year’ with her husband, spending time abroad in celebration of his retirement. We spotted her ‘for sale’ notice in the farm shop and although we couldn’t stretch to sheep, geese or more Muscovy ducks, Guineafowl seemed a feasible and potentially useful addition to Garybuie. So whilst we were building our fruit cage extension, Gaye was devising a way to capture the reluctant wee rascals! Anyway, we got THE PHONE CALL on Sunday evening to say that we could collect them the following morning. Collect them we did along with an extremely generous gift of lots of Guinea Gourmet food! Poor souls, Skye roads are not known for their straightness/flatness, so lots of skittery tap-dancing was going on during the journey, no matter how carefully Kevin drove! Once out of the box though, some serious eating and drinking went on and then they settled into learning their new surroundings.

guineafowl

Getting them to bed was a different matter however. I tell you, these guys can perform vertical take-offs with some serious power; the scene must have looked like a Hitchcock movie as we caught and posted each bird through the pop-hole! Tonight one bird found her own way to bed, otherwise it was a repeat performance! Apparently Guineafowl are notoriously difficult to re-house and everything we’ve read says that they should be confined for six weeks until their new home becomes their accepted home. Hence the fruit cage extension. There is one problem however – other than me wanting them to be free-range once more as quickly as possible! Two of the females are younger and were introduced to the flock at a later date. Although they are part of the flock, they are on the very last rung of the pecking order ladder; more on the periphery. This works fine in a free-range situation, but in a more confined lifestyle, the pecking order is very much in evidence. We are just hoping that the wee lasses don’t become too stressed or that the other birds become more tolerant.

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8 Responses to “Another sunset and the new neighbours arrive!”

  1. Lynda Says:

    I loved our Guinea fowl, but was never successful in getting them to roost inside. No matter the weather they wanted to be in the trees! Occasionally, the weather would be so dire that they would sleep under the tin roof of the chicken’s run, but never in the hutch. Good luck with your Guineas!

    • garybuie01 Says:

      These guineas have always roosted indoors, so hopefully we’ll be able to persuade them to continue doing so! We have a hen who roosts in a tree in all weathers and I’m not happy with that really, so I can do without a whole flock of guinea fowl up there too! Leave the trees to the wee wild birds I say!
      Christine

  2. Diane Fairhall Says:

    Glorious sunsets, Christine. We’ve not been so lucky as an important prerequisite is some sun! I like guinea fowl – not to eat, I must say – but they are handsome birds and look and sound good as they forage around. I’m sure they will fit in well at Garybuie. 🙂

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Ah, it’s unusual for us folk in the west to get the better weather in the country so we’re enjoying every minute of it! I think that the guineas are going to be a great addition to the place – the table too in our case!
      Christine

  3. RecyclerSA Says:

    Aah Guinea’s or ‘Tarrentaal’ as we call them in South Africa. Love to see them running around – be warned they get old and tough very quickly – not great for the table, unlike Pheasant. Laura

    • garybuie01 Says:

      We shan’t be eating any of these Laura, they’re 3-4 years old! However, we are intending to breed them for table meat and should they get slightly long in the tooth (or beak!), then I have a slow cooker which is perfect for older, flavoursome birds.
      Christine

  4. kathryningrid Says:

    Those are very fortunate guinea fowl to have such a fine new home, not least of all when it’s lit by glorious sunsets like these!!! I expect you’ll have these birds happy to live wherever you like, soon enough. 🙂

    • garybuie01 Says:

      I hope so Kathryn. They’ve been behaving very well at bed time although we do have to hang a torch inside their coop or they seem to have trouble finding their way through the pop-hole! I’ve been working in the garden today, just a few yards away from their enclosure. My goodness, can those Guineas CHAT! They’re at it all the time, barely pausing for breath! Very soothing!
      Christine

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