[NAFEX] guinea fowl

Dianne Stephany iluvdanc at rochester.rr.com
Thu Jun 2 21:57:29 EDT 2005


IMHO, I'd go with duck; geese are vegetarians.
Also I know of someone who had young geese strip the bark off of a young apple tree.   They were in a small space and were probably looking for food, or maybe bored.
Fred had a flock of geese that roamed his orchard. They ate the windfalls.  Nice geese for Thanksgiving dinner - really juicy and sweet.  
Dianne, Rochester NY, Zone 5b  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: joanrrosenberg at aol.com 
  To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org 
  Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 6:06 PM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] guinea fowl


   I can guarantee you that the local cats WILL target bobwhites.  So will fox and any other predator available in the area.   Can't you just get a pet duck?
   
  -----Original Message-----
  From: charles paradise <machelp at attglobal.net>
  To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
  Sent: Thu, 02 Jun 2005 17:42:20 -0500
  Subject: [NAFEX] guinea fowl noise reports?


Our imperial suburban town told me this afternoon fowl or rabbits have
to have permit, which I am contemplating complying with.  They even send
an inspector.

Another idea other than guinea fowl is to release Bobwhite quail.
They'd be less noisy than guineas; but I haven't much confirmation
they'd eat ticks, which is the main point of keeping fowl.  There's
reports of guineas being susceptible to roaming house cats, but I only
see one house cat occasionally, and occasional losses would be
sustainable.  Apparantly releasing the Bobwhite would be the least
labor-intensive poultry activity, but whether they'd stay in the area
depends on terrain factors I don't understand.  And I don't have
confirmation they'd eat ticks.

Would appreciate hearing from those of you who have had poultry.

Charlie Paradise  Massachusetts z5ish

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