New Kids on the Block


I thought I would walk over to the pond and introduce myself to my son's new snake hunters. 
Apparently I do not walk softly, because they saw me before I saw them. 
Oh geesh!   Not a friendly group. 
They begin their charge, and I snapped as quickly as I could while backing up, trying to get my feet set to take a good photo. 
"Hey!"  I yelled.  "This is my pond!  You are welcome to visit, but you will not run me off."

Arrogant little buggers. 
  Here they go...marching right by me- 
giving me "what for"

Wow, these birds are LOUD! 
I am not familiar with guineas at all. 
 I've never owned any, or known anyone else that did. 
I hope they aren't like mean territorial roosters! 
Anyone else have guineas?  

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45 comments:

  1. My grandfather had guineas and I remember their loud squawking from my childhood! :-) These guys sure have "attitude"...great photos of them! Hope they give you some peace when you visit once they get used to you.

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  2. I wish I did, but I am sure the neighbor's dogs would kill them.

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  3. Oh wow, they were charging you. I guess they could be meanies. Great shots of the guineas! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  4. I guess they are as good a guard dog as some geese are. Great photos!

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  5. We have 9 Guinea Fowl in my park, 2 minutes away from my home adn they roam free and do not bother anyone. You can get up quite close to them and they do not mine. You might settle down.

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  6. I do! I just did a post on mine last week. They're young though. These do look awfully bossy!

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  7. I didn't know they could be aggressive but I've heard the wild noises they make. There are some at an animal farm near us and they are really loud. I guess you need to show them whose boss. :)

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  8. Never owned any but remember a country store we shopped at had them and they made lots of noise.

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  9. Oh I love the new kids, beautiful.Blessings Francine.

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  10. Are they as nasty as geese? I would give them a very wide path, and take care to wear gumboots and heavy leggings!!!

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  11. OH my gosh!!!! These guys are super loud! So sorry you have to hear them....although they'll add an exotic call to your landscape:) They are from Africa and are known as the Helmeted Guinea fowl:) I wouldn't mind having them around.

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  12. nope we don't have guinea's but I've heard they are great alarm clocks.

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  13. They hunt snakes? I am a fan. Even if they are noisy and arrogant.

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  14. I've seen these in zoos and such, but never have had any real experience with them. They are noisy!

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  15. Loved that series. They are known as feathered watch dogs and it seems these lived up to their reputation. Didn't know that about snakes but they are killer on ticks. Gotta admit they have a lot of pluses and I think really attractive. .

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  16. I love guineas!!! I never noticed that they were territorial. They just love their owners very much. If I could would have them just to send warnings to me if a stranger comes by. They are just really OCD. They don't like change. I love your photos. I have done two Guinea rugs because they just are so cool.

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  17. We've had guineas off and on through my childhood. I know they are quite sloppy parents (always have a chicken set the eggs and raise the chicks) and they are loud watch dogs. One more thing, they make the best dressing I've ever had.

    I do not miss their loud "pot rack"ing. Or that is the word they seem to yell at the top of their lungs.

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  18. My aunt had guineas...none ever chased me, but like you say....they were loud.

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  19. I have looked and looked trying to find this post. It shows a guinea that used to stay at a Hardee's in a nearby town...we were there two or three times and it was there waiting for handouts.

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  20. So these birds chase snakes? Interesting.

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  21. We had some years ago. Wished we still had them. They do eat lots of bugs/ticks.

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  22. How very cool! I know nothing about them! Snake hunters...that's a good thing!

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  23. Pretty aggressive birds. they'd sure get my attention in a hurry.

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  24. My granny had them and loved them. They only liked her. Very cool post, my friend.

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  25. Oh my...they sure look like they have an attitude! They may be loud and aggressive, but they sure are cute. :)

    I was talking with my mother today about our many turkeys that will be arriving soon to spend the winter with us. It's that time when they should make their appearance. I look forward to my winters with them, such a delight. :)

    So nice to visit with you as I have been some what away.

    Bless you ~ Debbie

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  26. My dogs used to go absolutely nuts when the neighbors guineas came around our cabin!

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  27. Fearless and fast and quite cute too!

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  28. Thanks so much for linking in with "Through My Lens".

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  29. I remember long ago as a child our neighbors had Guinea Fowl...and yes, they WERE loud. Neat photos!!!

    Thanks for sharing this link this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'

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  30. I'm convinced it's nearly impossible to sneak up on birds. They see, hear...and, I suspect, have a special, secret sense.

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  31. I think my grandmother had guineas. In fact, I know she did, because when I was just a little kid when any of the small grandchildren came to visit she always cooked guinea eggs for the children at breakfast! Those cute little eggs were just perfect for the little ones. As we grew we got hens' eggs! I do recall guineas as being pretty squawky and they're always in a small group waddling around their territory.

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  32. With so many of them, I guess you'd be detected no matter how quietly you sneaked (snuck?)! You did get some lovely shots before they bullied you out of the way :)

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  33. They don't even LOOK friendly, do they? We stopped at a pond to see what we could see last weekend and Muscovy ducks came running after us. They wanted to be fed! lol We had a little bit of bread so hubby gave them all a bite or two. I stood back and took photos! lol Hugs!

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  34. Yes they are a little loud! My Grandfather had them, they imprint on people and places...I love to watch them:)

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  35. Well, those are different... They look big enough to be intimidating if they challenged you. And like they'd stick together ! They're a gang of guineas...be careful out there )))

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  36. HA HA---they didn't want YOU anywhere near to 'their' pond at all, did they???? Gorgeous shots.

    I finally published a couple of posts today about our latest trip. Check them out.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  37. HA! Yikes! They look kind of angry. You got some really great shots of them.

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  38. Hi Terri, I have not had any experience with guineas but these pictures are great! It does seem like they might try to take over. Ha ha! I hope they will not become a problem. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. If Yellowstone is your favorite place in the world to vacation then there is another thing we have in common! :-) Best regards to you from the Pacific Northwest!

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  39. Apparently they are very efficient at pest control, but they may have considered you a pest.

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  40. My Grandmom and Granddad had Guineas on their farm in southern Indiana.
    I remember how they talk all the time and Grandad would cuss them just as much and they talked. They wouldn't go into the hen house and would roost on the fence - even in the middle of a snow storm. Since they wouldn't stay in the hen house, many would be killed throughout the year to the fox, so their life expectancy wasn't very long. Especially the nesting hens who would nest around the fence posts and elsewhere. No snakes in southern Indiana - but Grandma wanted them around since they eat ticks and fleas!!

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