Barred From the Garden and Culling a Guinea Fowl
April 24, 2009|Comments (13)
If you hadn’t guessed, I really love my chickens. Honestly, I haven’t found a single feature of chicken ownership to not be worthwhile. But at the moment, the chickens have been locked out of the garden. Barred. (Okay, I fully realized that was a really dreadful chicken pun but couldn’t resist).
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Perhaps my favorite bonus feature of our chickens (you know… the features that aren’t edible or useful as fertilizer) would be the bug eating and scratching of the soil. They are walking squawking pesticides and aeraors. This is great. Super. Unless you have just planted your garden beds with fragile seedlings unable to withstand all that pecking and raking — then you may consider throwing up some temporary fencing until the coast is clear.
And then, bring on the chickens. But not always the guineas. As some of you may know, we have guinea fowl patrolling the property. These tick-eating noise polluters must be culled just as any other member of the flock. Last night, we killed another guinea which is now sitting in my refrigerator getting ready to hang out in some brine before becoming dinner. New keets are just around the corner.
One of the main reasons we culled the guinea is because it spent most of its days harassing our chickens and stressing them out. When this happens, it is time to cull the offender.
I know that the thought of eating an animal that once lived in your backyard grosses some of you out and I try not to go into a ton of detail on the butchering of our critters for your sake.
Would you eat a guinea? Have you eaten a guinea?
P.S. If you want to see who won the Earth Day Green Giveaway then click here. You will be so glad that you did.