The Welcoming Committee

This morning, hubby and I went out to feed the goats and discovered that the farm’s welcoming committee had arrived. We have a  free-range flock of 12 or so guinea-fowl that rush around the farm very importantly, clucking loudly all the while. It’s hard not to imagine them as middle-aged women from the 1930s wearing straw hats, chattering excitedly about the next Ladies’ Guild meeting. Well… okay, maybe I’m getting carried away with the imagery. Here’s a shot of them inside the goats’ pen:

The goats, by the way, stayed as far away from these birds as possible. Here’s a closer shot of the flock a while later:

Can’t you just picture them with little straw hats, carrying a purse and gloves? I get the mental picture of Almira Gulch (the “real” Wicked Witch of the West) riding around on her bicycle  every time I see them racing off to some new important guinea-fowl event:

Am I wrong? Okay, okay, I’ll drop the imagery, but really – these birds are hilarious! Anyhow, the goats are doing much better today:

The stuff stuck in Hamlet’s coat is just straw this time:

This morning was sunny for a change – and we were all out enjoying it.


4 Responses to “The Welcoming Committee”

  1. 1 Meghan 2009 December 1 at 5:40 am

    Wow, so these birds just decided to move in? I totally get the imagery!

    Hamlet was looking very cute in that picture. Aw, mischievous goats!

  2. 2 rosemary 2009 December 1 at 5:47 pm

    Haha, no I didn’t explain properly – my father-in-law bought a few of them 2 yrs ago to be part of the fall festival. He let them free afterward and they decided to stick around. This past fall they added even more to the flock. There’s loads of food for them to forage and they seem to have avoided predators so far. We’ve also got a peacock (who really needs a peahen), 2 turkeys and several assorted chickens and roosters running around. We all really get a kick out of the birds 🙂

    Hamlet is a cutie!

  3. 3 Stina 2009 December 2 at 12:30 am

    Is good old Mr. Peacock still on the guinea hen sexual predator watch list?

  4. 4 rosemary 2009 December 2 at 11:19 am

    Oh yes, although he’s not as pushy as in the spring. Poor guy, we’ve been trying to find him a peahen. It would be so cool to have little peacock / peahens running around!

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