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7/19/12 7:05 A

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I absolutely love chickens (or chooks as we call them over here). I had a pet rooster (randy little bugger he was as well) he used to follow me all over the place and go for my ankles emoticon

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Oh, I love chickens. Use to have them when I was a child. In the 90's I went to overseas to a very rural area. While I was there, one rooster followed me every place I went. He even waited for me on Sundays outside the church. The family wrote me after I went back home that the rooster looked for me after I left.

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I am SO tempted.
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7/9/12 5:27 A

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You don't need to have a large number but more than one is better, as they are flock oriented. The eggs are about the size of an extra small chicken egg however the yolks are larger than a chicken egg. They have more protein than chicken eggs as well. The highest in protein is a quail egg, then guinea, peafowl, chicken,etc.

I live in New Hampshire and they do great. Most states have them, even Canada.
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7/6/12 10:29 A

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Yes, they are very social. My Dr. says they work together like a school of fish. She said that they don't need a rooster, unless you want to breed them, since they take care of each other so well.

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7/6/12 8:10 A

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Are they social? In other words, would I need to start with more than one?

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My Doctor here in Washington state has guinea fowls that she keeps for the eggs. They thrive in North America and I suspect the eggs are very healthy.

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7/4/12 4:41 A

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All fowl will give you eggs, just depends on how rich they are to eat!!

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7/4/12 4:33 A

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Hmmm, I wonder if I could raise guinea fowl here in North America. My neighbors behind me had chickens when they first moved in, and I used to toss grubs and stuff from my garden over the fence to them, and they'd come running. I didn't even know I could give them weeds - I thought they were carnivores! Do guinea fowl give you eggs, too?

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I love chickens they are the funniest animals to watch in the garden. I don't have any now, but they came with me when we evacuated with the bushfires a couple of years ago, along with my dogs, cats, cockatoo and my (now deceased) Angora goat.

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Stressed, I have three dozen chickens today, but that changes quickly. I live in a somewhat rural area and have lots of predators around. I expect to have two dozen by the end of summer when the new chicks will start laying.

Fixing up your assorted new properties sounds like fun to me! Since you intend to rent out an apartment, if you live in the US what you spend on that is deductible. I would hire out what I am not comfortable doing if I can at all afford it.

Getting creative about it is the best part and kudos to you for considering it first!

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Thank you for welcoming me back. I know this is where I want to be.

Jewel Flower, You gave me a laugh for the morning, about your chickens. Guineas are never in one spot long enough to prune anything right away. I say that and I'll go out and they will have eaten my rosebuds! LOL So far all the neighbors love them, esp. for the ticks and bugs they eat. They are terrible about trespassing across their yards. They have tried to check out the other neighbors to the right and across the road but they know they will be in trouble from me so they are good to stay off the road. So they go left to eat and go right to get home.

I am in PT right now to get this back of my a little stronger as we have so much work to finish on the property and houses we just inherited last fall. Sigh! Too much and not enough energy to do it all ourselves. But the weather is good so it has to be done. Otherwise the winter will come pouring in the windows and the heaters won't work, the broken pipes to the apt. need repair so we can get a renter without a major flood in our garage. Most of the window sills need replacing........ my list of must have done is 4 pages long!!!! Must get creative!

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No way---I am afraid of chickens---my grandmother had a pet chicken that used to chase me all over the place---I smile every time I eat chicken! Glad you knew where to come back to----sure hope you are successful and that nothing drags you down like another injury.

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Hi and welcome to the team!!

I don't know about guinea fowl but I was never able to leave my chickens (or chooks as we call them here in Australia) in the garden. They weren't happy nibbling the bugs, they wanted to prune my veggies as well as dig up everything they could find. They used to hang around the garden while I was in there and when I found a snail, slug or worm I'd flick it their way then it was on for young and old to see who'd get it first!!!

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They are really good about not eating flowers and/or veggies. If They don't get a taste for it when they are young they leave it alone. So all of my problem weeds I fed them constantly when they were still in the brooder. Plus bad bugs I wanted rid of.

They do scratch out dirt bath areas in the lawn and even in my neighbors immaculate gardens, but that is little to pay for with all the good they do! Not one Asiatic Beetles this year! And not one grasshopper either! Good bugs I have though. They are just eating machines. No ticks either. All around us they are loaded!

The are very interactive with people also and so very curious. They bully the cats and some of the dogs also. LOL

They get along great with chickens. How many do you have?
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How do you keep your guinea fowl from eating your veggies? My chickens think seedlings are appetizers!

I do appreciate the soil improvement they provide. I toss out all food scraps and they either eat it and turn it into fertilizer or scratch it under and turn it into compost.

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I am a returning member to Spark people, Lost it got injured and stressed out and gained it back! I was bad, but would love another chance to make it right again.

My garden is overgrown and dry but blooming, the veggies are so so. I garden with Guinea Fowl and have three who help me keep everything organic and bug free. They are even eating the weed seeds! So I do have helpers that fertilize as they go. LOL
Today is day one and I am doing well!

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