Riddle: When is a chook like a guinea hen?

You may remember that the guineas were trying to hatch more chicks in the barn. We left them alone (although we fed and watered them back there) but, finally, a couple days ago, the last hen gave up and re-joined the flock. Nothing more had hatched. I decided today was the day to clear out the eggs and give the sheep back their feeder.

I knew they had been sitting on a lot of eggs – at one time I counted 30+ eggs. Well, I counted as I hauled them out of there. Not 20, not 40, not 50……..83!!!

ginea eggs

Pretty silly birds. I am glad they have all re-formed into a flock – outside of the barn.

guineas out with sheep

When I was getting straw to put down for the sheep, I saw a small clutch of eggs and thought the guineas were starting a new nest in the straw and hay storage area of the barn.

small clutch Henny

But, no! As I looked further up into the straw – I found a larger clutch and all of them are green! We knew Henny had been getting from the outdoor run into the barn through a crack she flies up to. She lets herself out before the others get out. We thought we were a little short on green eggs but it is hard to know who is laying when as they don’t lay every day. She had stowed away 21 eggs in there!

large clutch henny

So, when is a chook like a guinea hen? When she decides it’s ok to lay her eggs in the barn!

Let’s hope the “new kids” have more sense….but I am not holding my breath.

little ones

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Guinea Hen Update

Just a quick g.h. update. They were in the yard today and I managed to get a few photos but they were being quite shy.

The garden makes a nice photo setting for them but makes them hard to see!

But look who’s still here!

The chick is getting bigger!

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