It has been guinea hatching season here on the farm. As of today we have had 40 guinea keets hatch! Yup FOUR- OH!
Seventeen of them were born “in the wild” and the rest were incubated and hatched over at Gigi’s house. She’s been quite the trooper allowing her laundry room and spare room to become our hatchery.
The group hatched in the wild were brought back to the coop by a hen I have since dubbed Angry Momma. She has every right to be really. I mean she sat and sat and then brings seventeen kids over to the large coop only to stumble upon me, who scoops up the whole lot of them and rushes them up to the house to feed and water them. One had escaped but found it’s way into the coop and that’s when Angry Momma flipped. I scooped up her last little bird and she let me have it. SQUAWK!!!
Or maybe she was in shock over my “farm manicure”… *ahem*
Come to think of it, she should be glad! Anyway, she was cranky for a bit and if I were able to translate guinea hen, well… I suppose I couldn’t type what she was telling me on this post! She has since forgotten all about it and the keets are growing by leaps and bounds!
All these babies means we need a bit more room, so Sammi and I cleaned up the hospital coop best we could and set it up to hold our oldest newborns: Huey, Dewey & Louie. Had to move them out so the next brood could move into the big totes we are using for their temporary housing. Three totes are in use: One for babies, one for toddlers and the last tote for the teenagers. A squawky bunch indeed!
Here’s a video update about the keets and a few other things going on around the farm this summer: