Thursday, July 19, 2007

Guinea fowls

These noisy birds are in the family of other fowl-like birds, such as turkeys, peawfowls and pheasants. They are kept as a good source of meat and eggs. Also, they have been used as organic pest control to gardeners and small farmers, as they eat most bugs in the garden without touching the foliage and are also known for ridding farms of bugs such as the deer tick, which can carry the Lyme disease. I found out that the female are more talkative, making a two-syllable call that sounds like they're saying "buck-wheat" or in Portuguese "I'm weak" (to fraco).

9 comments:

Moi said...

i'm not surprised at all that females are more talkative....:)..goes with the territory, i guess!!! ...and good to see u every now and then, though not as often as it used to be earlier...have a great weekend , Cris :)

Sonia said...

Acho essas galinhas uma graça, principalmente quando "falam" "to fraco"! As crianças devem adorar ouvir!

Ash said...

Nice one!
Have a great weekend.

Britt-Arnhild said...

I would love a female talk with a few of them :-)

Connie Peterson said...

We had guineas at one time. I would like to have them again, I think. They truly ARE noisy. But they really do eat bugs!! A lot of them!

Deana said...

They sound like they'd be nice to have around a place like this. I have the chickens to help with bugs but their scratching up my mulch and nipping my tomatos gets tiresome!

Mike said...

I am not even going to touch that "female more talkative" comment! Nice picture Cris. Hope life is settling down for you.

Connie said...

Love it when something is willing to help out for no extra cost.lol

Take care,
Connie

Cláudia said...

Cris, I love these guinea fowls. We have some of them at my father's in law ranch. They are vey cute and their sounds are very pleasant and funny. I haven`t known wchich the female are more talktive, but it is not a surprise!!!!
xoxo