[Market-farming] Guinea fowl in the Garden?
Road's End Farm
organic87 at frontiernet.net
Wed Jan 13 10:59:50 EST 2010
On Jan 13, 2010, at 10:47 AM, <sunnfarm at netscape.com> wrote:
> Guinea hens are fun to have around. Yes they will eat a few cucumber
> beetles then poop on the ground in the plants then a cucumber will
> contact the poop then someone will buy the cucumber eat it get very
> sick and die.
Probably of course they won't get sick at all, let alone sick enough to
die. However, if any customer gets sick for any reason, and they find
out you had fresh manure on the crops, that's where the blame is likely
to be assigned. Also, the chances that someone actually does get sick
from the manure, while extremely small, are not zero.
As we sometimes tell out customers, when they ask if they need to wash
produce: birds do fly over the field. But increasing this factor by
deliberately fencing your flock into the garden may be unwise.
-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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