I made an impulse buy of 2 guinea fowl a couple weeks ago. I know them mostly in passing; friends had them growing up. They are noisy, flighty, cantankerous birds. Screaming banshee clown-birds, really. I recall getting kicked in the shins more than once. Their shrill voice is constantly chirping and when agitated reaches a volume like an air horn.
So why did I get them? They exterminate ticks like no other creature can. Hand-raised they can be personable, and if they imprint and accept you as a member of their flock, you can go for long walks in the woods with them running and grazing alongside. I'm fairly good with birds, so the latter part intrigues me. I'll take the challenge.
They are clearly of a different temperament than chickens. I admit their scattered energy has been puzzling. They are highly alert of other living creatures (and moving things), very aware of their surroundings. Constantly moving. They hate being handled but don't mind slow passive interaction or back scratches. So far I've only been able to train them to a sound which indicates millet or mealworms (favorite foods). It's a start. It's taken a couple hours a day to even earn a base level of trust. In a few months we'll see how teachable they can be #guineafowl #birds #clownbirds #banshee #screaming #why #thenoise #buckwheat #farmstuff #nature #planetearth