Thursday, March 4, 2010

The bug crew has arrived

Angela and Eloise, two guinea fowl, have been appointed bug hunters in the orchard. They arrived two days ago - 12 or 13 weeks old, almost fresh from their incubator/nursery.

Angela is at the front, Eloise at the back - I think. See the lingering downy feathers? Their heads appear to be bald. It took them only 24 hours to acclimatise to their new surroundings. And their little bird brains are quite clever - whenever I approach with the camera they take off, when I sit quietly amidst the blueberries I can do just about anything. This afternoon I was pruning blueberry bushes as I picked. Each time bits of stick dropped they came rushing over to check out what was going on.

I doubt that they will ever be tame - as in this sense - because they have no need of feed; the orchard is chokkas with bugs and by nightfall they are exhausted from a long day of nibbling. Hopefully, though, one day they'll become companionable.

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