Monday, January 5, 2009

The Guinea Fowl Chronicles: Here we go - AGAIN!!!

Ms Bo - whaddayamean, there are no more worms?!


I had nothing to do with it this time, honest, I didn’t. I was playing in the digital darkroom when I heard the garage door swing open. I expected D to come walking in but when he didn’t, I went out to investigate.
What greeted me was the sight of D standing in the driveway, his hands in his hair, muttering.
“They followed me in, I couldn’t stop them.” His words were accompanied by lots of small meeping sounds.
“They were waiting for me,” he said, shaking his head, “I swear they were. I opened the gate, drove in and as I was about to close the gate, there they all were, walking in.”
“Open the gate again,” I said, “And let’s see if they’ll all walk out.”
D opened the gate. Mama Guinea gave him a long look, peered out into the road, turned tail and headed up the driveway, trailed by peeps.
Well, what can I say, we have fluffball blessings again. 13 of them when they arrived but I’m not going to try and keep count this time, it’s just too stressful.
They are tiny, smaller, I swear, than when Bo and her family first arrived back in October, and some are still quite wobbly on their little pins.
So here we go again – exit a neat and tidy garden, enter loads of pooh and scratched up soil all over the paving. Goodbye garden service, hello stress and mayhem. Ho and hum.
And for those of you cooing and laughing right now, I say “humph!” - may the bluebird of happiness fly overhead and do just what flying bluebirds do. I swear if I could but find the sign that says, “Guinea Fowl Sanctuary and Orphanage – All Welcome”, I’d pull it down. I’d put up one that says, “Inn Full, innkeepers knackered – try next door”.
Bo is beside herself with all the new life – behaving like a maiden aunt on speed. Who knows where it will all end. At least I can say, by way of an update on Missy Bo, that she’s growing, her wings are getting stronger and she’s pigging out on D’s cultivar of maggots and mealworms.

I leave you with pictures to tell the rest of the story.



Small peeps arrive in the driveway...


Portrait of a Guinea keet...


Guineas find their way into the garden...

Wha'!? Oh no! Not more!

Guineas, en famille...


Ms Bo looks on

Il Madonna del giardino - Mother and Child


The Menagerie...


31 comments:

R.L. Bourges said...

Face it vanilla: word is out in Guinea Fowldom - your place is THE best in South Africa. I see droves of guinea fowl forming in battalions and converging on your lawn.

As for the blue bird, I offer you and your spouse heart-felt sympathy, along with a little ditty to scoop poo by

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyAJWhgxhWY

Peepy Cheers!

R.L. Bourges said...

in this instance, the last words in the song refer to your dreams of a neat garden, by the way - the guinea don't give a sweet ba-kaaaak about neatness. :-)

steph said...

"Bo is beside herself with all the new life – behaving like a maiden aunt on speed."

ROFL!

Lane said...

I think Bo put the word out. The service at your place is second to none.

LOVE the photos:-)

SueG said...

I think this falls under the category of "be careful what you wish for," eh? Go ahead. Admit it. you love it...they are sooo cute :-)

Gail said...

Word is out! You are the advertised safe place. If you are really tired of this, get a cat. Although I prefer the smell of guinea poop to cat.
How kind of you to help these fowl. Babies do not stand much of a chance in the wild. Very few from a setting, make it to adult hood.
When your garden looks like a scene form "The Birds", then you should worry!

Rambler said...

"may the bluebird of happiness fly overhead and do just what flying bluebirds do."

hehhe

Val said...

that is SO funny ... but of course they want IN :-) i wonder if its the same mama guineafowl?? with her next batch?? enjoy it xx

JaneyV said...

Aww they're adorable. That'll teach D to be so blase about driving up his own drive. Think of them as refugees seeking safe haven.

You must remain emotionally detached, though, at all times. On no account are you to start shooing them off the wall, checking the pool, taking register, chasing away cats, scouring the skies for sparrow hawks etc. They are wild... You've started already haven't you????

lettuce said...

i've had such a good time here catching up

and love that penultimate photo

Fire Byrd said...

But if they weren't there then what would you spend your time doing?....... Don't answer that with such a bad word!
x

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

The word is quite clearly out, RLB and I am not happy! There are droves of fowl on the lawn as I type. Please send Cybele!
As for the cheery song, there's not someone coming after me, there's a whole flock of guinea fowl chasing me down the road! Eek!

Steph, it's no laughing matter, shame on you!
;-)

Lane - someone definitely put the word out - it was either Bo or the Ba-kaaka Nostra! It might all be a mean and cunning plot!

Yep, Sue, it's definitely under the be careful of what you wish for category - I blame myself entirely! :-)

Gail, at certain times of day the garden looks just like a scene from The Birds. I'm starting to get really worried...

Just you beware of that bluebird, Rambler! ;-)

No, definitely not the same Guinea Mama, Val, I think this is the couple who usually hang out here who I call "Harold and Maude" - Maude's a right stroppy baggage when it comes to young Bo, harasses her horribly, more so now that she has chicks to show off!

Janey, I confess. You are right. Yes, I've started already. Sigh.

Hi Lettuce! Glad you liked the piccie - it's a crop but it's worked quite well, I think :-)

And just what's wrong with the word "working", FireByrd? ;-)

fly said...

HAHAHAHA.. well I guess you can't be accused of being a hatchaholic like us!, but your situation is the same... it really is a blessing. Good to see Ms.Bo doing so well! Come and see us!

red dirt mule said...

i promise i'm not laughing!! the photos are lovely- and i think, "What fun!" - until i remember the flock of geese my mother raised, briefly, on our 'farm' as a kid .... i say my mother because those birds bonded to her; followed her EVERYWHERE; hissed and bit at me and all others ...

not to mention the pooh puddles left in front of all doors to the house ...

yes. they were an 'experiment.' but now the chickens- they stayed!

xxx
;)
rdm

Baino said...

Oh my that's a menagerie alright! How are you at toilet training? Short comments cos I'm using a laptop and I'm hopeless at it

Miladysa said...

rofl

Bl*@dy Brilliant!

The saga continues :D

BTW, who do you think will play you in the film version?

Megan said...

Oh goodness gracious.

Lori ann said...

Sorry, it seems you are a peep magnet :)

xxx lori

bart said...

i love these stories and photos of your "extended family"... its seems you've been officially approved and adopted :P

keep well...

karen said...

awwww... they are so gorgeous!! I do love the description of Bo's reaction! :-)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Ha, well may you laugh, Fly! They really are very sweet but now I'm back "On Watch"! Bother!

Well, Red, it will be five weeks of this, I guess before the fledge - and then I hope that's the last of it for the season! Enuf already, she cried!

Toilet training, Baino, wozzat?! Ha!

I'm banking on Sandra Bullock to play me, Miladysa! And as for all that laughing you doing, just be warned, there's a bluebird about! ;-)

Oh goodness gracious is a bit more mild than what I said, Megan!

Just my luck, eh, Lori!

Now I'm wondering how to officially unapprove and unadopt myself, Bart! ;-)

They are very cute, Karen - like little motorised mice scooting around the garden, meeping furiously!

Ernest de Cugnac said...

They abviously love you, no point fighting it (but I agree, don't count them!).

Angela said...

It`s your old-fashioned attitude of "let the children come to me - and I`ll give them a place to grow" which they all sense! You are a marvel, Nicky, also with words to descibe the scene - I also loved that figure of Bo as a amiden aunt on speed - where do you get that?! And yes, Sandra Bullock would be fine!But how about yourself?! Janet (Under the Blood Red Sky)is a photo and film documentarist, she can do the job!

Gottawrite Girl said...

Hey, Nicky, and happy new year to you, too! Sorry to have been away for so long... my "break" took on a life of it's own!!!

Talk soon, and take care....

Sus.

Jefferson Davis said...

Yep, the word is out. Before you know it they'll be arriving in droves. You could train them and put on a Guinea Fowl circus, no? :)

A gang of Agelaius phoeniceus' invade my garden every fall for about two weeks. They do leave, thankfully.

i am storm. said...

well.....

i am, i must admit, nearly speechless....

hard to speak when laughing so hard!

sigh.....

are you sure it wasn't that vet putting out the word? i am sure it was him. he hangs out with little bo's peeps all day long. and he suggested that he would send more guineas your way....

such a foul thing to have done to you, but i am sure it was him...

be well,

storm

lol

Le laquet said...

Oh my, laugh me? No!!!! They've seen Bo's crib that's the problem!

Pat Posner said...

Aww! Bless!
Bo must be so happy.
I'm convinced there's a wildlife grapevine - one year six mallards became our 'house' ducks, within three months we had 88 quacking and crapping!


Hey, the word verification is hyperpo - just needs another 'o' on the end *smile*

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Not counting one's chickens, Ernest, is easier said than done, I find...

Right, Angela, well tell Janet the cast is ready and waiting, the props are all here, she just needs to bring her crew! :-)

Good to see you back again, Susan!

Whaddayamean they will be arriving in droves, Jefferson, they already are! ;-)

I warned you about laughing, Storm - watch out for that bluebird of happiness... ;-)
I don't know who put the word out, but I'll be having words with whoever it was. Frankly, I blame the Ba-Kaaka Nostra...

No, of course you wouldn't laugh, Jo - you know I'll find a giant bluebird full of happiness to send your way... ;-)

Megan said...

I found it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1phsdx0P8UE

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Pat! No, please don't curse me! The prospect of 88 baby guinea fowl is just more than my nerves can bear - probably more than my garden could cope with too!
;-)

That was hysterical, Megan and yep, I think I'm into the same thing with the guineas! They just want to stay!