Edna M Weigel (email@example.com)
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 16:06:59 -0700
Dear SANET Friends:
Last spring a friend (I think) gave me 4 guinea fowl. My delight
didn't last long. (If you want to know what I don't like about guineas
and turkeys, contact me off-line to avoid boring everyone else with my
tales of woe.)
I contacted another friend who had guineas and, to my relief, he
wanted them. His flock was down to one elderly hen and he wanted to give
her company. That seemed like a good ending to a nightmare, but he's
back with questions I can't answer. Maybe someone out there can.
1) Is there some way, short of standing guard all day on his front
porch for my friend (who, incidentaly, admits "I love those guys") to
keep them from hanging out and pooping in front of his front door? I
suggested a spray of water but he says he's tried that but can't stay
there ALL the time. I told him I'd heard that a sprinkling of chili
pepper has been used to discourage pigons and he's thinking of trying it.
2) Is there some way to keep them from plucking all the feathers
from the one on the bottom of the pecking order? Actually, the one on
the very bottom of the pecking order now hangs out with the elderly hen,
but two of them gang up on the next-lowest one and have pulled out all
its tail feathers and many of the wing feathers. (After the way they
treated my chickens, it doesn't suprise me a bit.)
Any suggestions out there?
Best regards, Edna
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